A domestic violence conviction can be devastating, resulting in very serious consequences and leaving you to deal with the stigma of your conviction for years after you have served your punishment. Even if you are not convicted, the charge alone can cause considerable embarrassment in front of your friends, family, and your community. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and like your situation is hopeless. Fortunately, there is help. Criminal defense lawyer Nathan Evershed can be your advocate and provide an aggressive defense to your domestic violence charges.
Domestic Violence Includes More Than Just Physical Harm
Many defendants are shocked to discover that they are facing a domestic violence charge because they never caused any physical harm. However, you can be charged with domestic violence for the following offenses:
- The threat of violence or intimidation
- Harassment via electronic communication
- Violation of a protective order
- Criminal mischief (damaged property)
These are just some of the offenses considered crimes of domestic violence under Utah law. In other words, domestic violence covers more than physical abuse—you can be charged with domestic violence due to emotional, psychological, or verbal abuse.
Domestic Violence Penalties
The potential consequences you face can vary widely—from probation and fines to years in prison. The penalties you face will depend upon the charges you face and your criminal record. For example, a first-time offender charged with threatening violence will likely have less severe consequences than an individual who caused severe harm and had a prior conviction for a violent offense.
Why You Need a Lawyer
If you are arrested on a domestic violence charge, it means that law enforcement has substantive reason to believe that you did commit an act of domestic violence. While this does not mean that you are guilty, it does mean that the police believed there was sufficient evidence to make an arrest.
These cases can quickly become complicated. Many domestic violence charges arise in the context of a divorce or child custody proceeding. In addition to a criminal charge (which may be a felony), you may also be facing a restraining order. Your domestic violence charge can have a catastrophic impact on your ability to see your children, stay in your home, or exercise important rights such as the right to own a firearm. In addition, you could face incarceration if you are convicted. Even if you avoid jail time, your conviction could result in the loss of your job and limit future career opportunities.
Facing a complex legal proceeding with so much at stake can quickly become overwhelming. A criminal defense lawyer can gather the evidence you need to protect your rights and your future and guide you through the process as painlessly as possible.
Call Nathan Evershed if You Are Facing Domestic Violence Charges
Do not risk your future and your relationships by assuming that your domestic violence charge will be resolved in your favor. You need someone on your side who will aggressively fight for your rights. Nathan, a former domestic violence prosecutor, can help you get the result you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.