Acts of domestic violence spark public outrage for obvious reasons. It must be understood, however, that domestic assault charges can stem from false allegations. It is, unfortunately, not uncommon for people to make false allegations in order to gain an advantage in divorce or child custody proceedings. There are also instances in which someone will make false allegations to simply try to “get even” with an ex. Other times, the police and prosecutors will get involved even though the parties do not want to go to court. After defendants see the judge the first time, they will usually be ordered to have no contact with the other party. If you find yourself charged with an offense then it is crucial that you take the situation seriously. Will Corrigan is a Louisville criminal defense attorney who has been licensed since 2009. He founded the firm on the belief that everyone is entitled to the highest level of representation and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
Defense attorney assisting Louisville defendants charged with domestic violence
Domestic violence occurs when a person assaults a family member, someone who they have a child with, or someone they live with and are in a romantic relationship with. A first offense will generally be charged as a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances. If the act involved the use of a weapon, allegations of choking, or resulted in serious injury then the accused may face felony charges. Also, a defendant who commits his or her third offense in five years will be charged with a felony. If a defendant is charged with a felony then they will face a maximum sentence five years or more in prison.
Domestic assault cases often hinge on whether the allegations are true or whether the accused person was acting in self defense. Our firm will work to secure witness statements, police reports, surveillance footage, 911 calls, etc. It may be necessary for counsel to conduct a full investigation. This includes visiting the scene of the alleged incident (if possible), examining Family Court records if the parties are going through a legal dispute, and more. In situations where the police may be exaggerating allegations or the parties do not want the prosecutor to press the charges, we can strategize how best to get the “no contact order” lifted. If the defendant is still in custody, we will demand a bond reduction hearing. If a favorable negotiated plea bargain cannot be reached with the prosecution then it will be necessary to take the matter to trial. The process of handling a criminal prosecution is complicated and it is strongly suggested that you speak with a lawyer immediately.
Our Louisville attorney assists those who have been charged with domestic violence. Will Corrigan will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and plan a course of action. Once retained he will quickly obtain all available evidence and begin an investigation. This will include interviewing potential witnesses and establishing any motivations that the “victim” may have to lie to police or prosecutors. Sometimes Will is able to negotiate for a Diversion deal, reduced charges, or a dismissal. If the police violated your Miranda rights then he will file to exclude and suppress any illegally obtained statements from the Court’s proceedings. Will takes the steps necessary to ensure that you know what to expect from the process and that you are prepared for trial. Kentucky takes domestic violence charges very seriously. Our office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Louisville lawyer providing quality representation to defendants in domestic violence cases
Will believes that all Louisville residents are entitled to quality legal representation in criminal matters. This includes cases where a defendant is charged with domestic violence. Our lawyer often gives clients his cell phone number and quickly returns phone calls, emails and text messages. Our attorney will make himself available to answer any questions you may have and he recognizes that this is a serious time in your life. We take pride in the level of service we provide. We strive to provide such service in each and every case we handle.