Common Domestic Violence Defenses
Nobody wants to be accused of domestic violence. And these charges frequently result from custody disputes, false accusations, overzealous prosecutors, or an argument that gets too loud.
Police officers are under a lot of pressure to make an arrest when they respond to a possible domestic violence 911 call. If there’s any sign of struggle or if someone has visible injuries, they’re probably going to take someone to jail.
The sad fact is that police and prosecutors will probably treat you like you’re already guilty when you’ve been accused of domestic violence. It’s a horrible feeling, but things will get better. Remember, you’re not alone. Your criminal defense attorney will be next to you every step of the way to protect your rights and make sure you get a fair hearing.
What Is Domestic Violence in Wyoming?
Domestic violence is legally defined as the attempt to cause bodily injury to another person using physical force. The alleged victim is someone who fits into one of the following categories:
- An adult who lives in the same house
- A current or former spouse
- A parent or an adult child
- Someone who’s the parent of your child
- Someone you are currently dating or dated in the past
In Wyoming domestic violence can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. A felony conviction may result when the defendant has prior convictions, there’s serious bodily injury, or if a weapon is involved.
What to Do If You’ve Been Charged with Domestic Violence
You probably want to defend yourself against inaccurate charges of domestic abuse, but the best thing to do is remain silent and wait for your attorney. When the time comes, your lawyer will defend you and fight to protect your freedom.
In the meantime, you’ll want to do the following:
- Don’t talk about your case to anyone but your attorney.
- Stay away from social media.
- Do not contact your accuser or their acquaintances.
- Avoid places where you might run into your accuser.
- Collect and preserve evidence that supports your case.
- Show up on time for all court appearances.
- Be respectful and presentable whenever you appear in court.
Let Your Lawyer Do the Heavy Lifting
There are probably a lot of things that you’re good at, but it’s best to leave criminal defense to the professionals. The experienced attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. will investigate the charges against you and review all the evidence.
We’ll examine the police report, witness statements, surveillance camera video, time-stamped receipts, and physical and forensic evidence so we can build a solid defense on your behalf. Then we’ll use the following types of arguments to tear holes in the prosecution’s case against you:
- The witnesses against you are unreliable.
- Your accuser is motivated by a desire for revenge.
- You were acting in self-defense.
- Any harm that occurred happened by accident.
- You have an alibi for the time when the alleged crime occurred.
- There is not enough evidence to prove the case against you.
- The police failed to speak with important witnesses.
- Witness statements are contradicted by the evidence.
- There was no probable cause to interrogate you.
- The police violated your rights.
Our Team Is on Your Side
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we’re always available for our clients. We know how the courts work in Wyoming because we’ve been doing this for years. Our team will do everything we can to ensure the best outcome, and this often includes getting all charges dismissed for our clients.
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