Ensuing Your Voice Is Heard Following Domestic Violence Charges
A domestic violence conviction can dramatically change your life. If you are found guilty of domestic violence, you may face prison time, severe fines, changes in child custody agreements and more.
You may feel overwhelmed and alone after being charged with domestic violence. At Simms & Associates, in Birmingham, Alabama, our lawyers understand and are here to offer experienced defense.
How Does Law Enforcement Determine Who Was The Aggressor?
Many domestic violence allegations boil down to a “he/she-said” courtroom battle. Both parties may claim to have been acting in self-defense against the other party’s aggression.
Authorities will ultimately seek to determine who was the predominate physical aggressor. In many domestic violence incidents, it is not always clear who was the primary aggressor.
Police officers in Alabama will consider the following factors when making an arrest determination:
- Any prior complaints of domestic violence
- The severity of injuries all parties have sustained, including whether the injuries are offensive or defensive in nature
- The chances of future injury
- Whether one party has reason to believe they were in immediate danger
- If one party acted in self-defense
Should the officer believe you are the predominate physical aggressor, they may arrest you and you could face criminal charges.
For two decades, our attorneys have handled numerous domestic violence and other high-profile criminal cases. We understand how complex, serious and sensitive these cases are. From the arrest to your trial, we will be your strongest advocate to protect your rights and pursue a positive outcome in your case.
A Thorough Defense Strategy To Protect Your Rights
Contact our office today if you or a loved one is facing domestic violence charges. We are available 24/7 to give you the legal advice and support you need.