A case is classified as domestic violence when there is a fight between family members or people that share the same home. If you plead guilty to a domestic battery, the conviction goes on your record and cannot be expunged. In addition to domestic batteries, domestic cases involved violations of orders of protection. In some domestic cases, the complaining witnesses decide that they don’t want to “press charges.” To prevent the state from “picking up the case,” Chicago Domestic Violence Attorney, Michael Levinsohn, will explain the situation to the assistant state’s attorneys and convince them to drop the case. Domestic cases can also involve child neglect or discipline that went too far. Michael Levinsohn is able to resolve some of these cases without a trial and without a conviction going on your record.
Other cases have to go to trial. When a complaining witness is motivated by jealousy and spite, witnesses and evidence will be gathered to win the case. When a case is a lie, the best defense to domestic cases is to subpoena the first police officer to meet with the complaining witness. That officer will testify to prove that that the complaint did not have any visible injury at the time the case was reported. Another strategy utilized to win a domestic case is by showing that the complainant is exaggerating. This is done during my cross-examination of the alleged victim and then presenting the first officer on the scene who often contradicts the complainant’s testimony. The above examples are some of the techniques used to win domestic cases, but each case is unique and requires a defense tailored to the facts of the case.
If you have been accused of committing an act of domestic violence, contact Chicago Domestic Violence Attorney, Michael Levinsohn, today.