Domestic Violence Michigan: Everything You Need to Know
Being charged or accused of domestic violence in Michigan is serious and carries a stigma that will affect anyone’s life.
If you or someone you know is accused of domestic violence, understanding the severity of the case and the accusations is quite important. It is also strongly advised to immediately seek the help of a Michigan criminal defense lawyer for assistance.
Domestic Violence Michigan
Domestic violence comes in many forms and types. It is much broader than what is sometimes portrayed by the mainstream news or media.
In Michigan, domestic violence is also commonly called domestic assault or domestic crime.
Any kind of assault can be considered as a domestic crime if there is a domestic relationship between the defendant and the complainant.
The Michigan law specifies different varieties of domestic relationships.
Some of them are as follows:
● Spouse or former spouse person
● A current or past dating relationship
● Person with whom there is a child in common
● Person who resides or resided in the same household
Two Types of Domestic Violence in Michigan
There are two types of domestic violence crimes in Michigan:
● Regular Domestic Violence
● Aggravated Domestic Violence
Regular Domestic Violence
Regular domestic violence commonly involves assault and battery.
The accused can still be charged with a crime related to domestic violence, even when the complainant was not physically harmed or injured, but yet still claiming emotional abuse.
The first offense of a regular domestic crime is classified as a misdemeanor. This can result in criminal penalties of up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, or both.
A second offense due to repeated or continuing harassment is also classified as a misdemeanor, which carries potential criminal penalties of up to one year in jail, a fine of $1,000, or both.
A third offense is classified as a felony. This may result in criminal penalties of up to two years in prison, up to a $2,500 fine, or both.
Aggravated Domestic Violence
When an assault results in serious or aggravated injuries to the victim person, it is automatically classified as aggravated domestic assault.
If a deadly weapon is used to injure the victim person, i.e. physical abuse, no matter if they need medical attention or not, the crime can be classified as a felonious assault.
It is automatically filed as a felony whether or not the defendant is charged with the crime beforehand.
A first offense in Michigan is a misdemeanor that carries potential criminal penalties of one year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, or both.
A second offense is a felony and may result in criminal penalties of up to two years in prison, up to a $2,500 fine, or both.
Convictions for a domestic crime in Michigan almost always come with a long term of probation. It is also usually accompanied with possible jail time, a personal protection order (PPO), community service, and classes or seminars.
Contact a Top Michigan Domestic Violence Laws Expert Today!
With domestic crime charges, anyone can be arrested even without a warrant.
Just a report of domestic assault is sometimes enough for an officer to arrest someone. This is why calling a defense attorney immediately is quite important if you are charged with such a crime.
If you or someone you know have been charged with or are accused of domestic abuse or violence, immediate action is necessary to protect your rights.
You MUST immediately contact an aggressive Michigan defense lawyer like Nicole Blank Becker.
Nicole has worked on countless domestic assault cases with outstanding results and knows how to utilize all of the necessary legal resources to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case.
Attorney Nicole Blank Becker seeks to build a solid attorney-client relationship so her clients’ stress is moved from their shoulders and put on to hers. Her goal is to ensure that all of her clients feel free to share the details of their case in order to build a solid defense.
Call Blank Law, PC at (248) 515–6583 or contact us online and book your free consultation to hire Nicole Blank Becker for your case today!