Domestic Violence Attorneys Milwaukee
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From the moment an alleged victim or witness reports to the police that
you have committed a domestic violence offense, your life can change.
An accusation can lead to an arrest, and certain restrictions may be placed
on you. If you're found guilty of the crime, you could be subject to various
penalties, including jail time and/or fines. On top of that, you can face
collateral consequences of a conviction, such as encountering challenges
retaining or obtaining employment or finding a place to live. Because
the stakes are so high in these types of matters, you need help from a
Milwaukee domestic violence attorney who knows how to effectively handle
your case and will do everything in their legal power to defend your innocence.
At Ahmad & Associates, our Milwaukee domestic violence lawyers have
extensive legal experience and an in-depth understanding of the laws concerning
your rights. When you hire us, you'll have two attorneys working toward
a favorable outcome in your case. Employing a team approach, we thoroughly
review every aspect of your situation, research relevant case law, and
conduct interviews with witnesses. Our strategy allows us to build effective
defenses and present compelling arguments both in and out of court.
We're ready to protect your rights and freedom.
Speak with us by calling
(414) 928-7771 today.
What's Wisconsin's Domestic Violence Law?
In Wisconsin, you can be accused of a domestic abuse offense if you allegedly
harm or attempt to harm a family or household member. A family or household
member is a spouse or ex-spouse, current or former roommate, or someone
with whom you share a child.
The law defines domestic abuse as:
- Intentionally causing pain, injury, or illness
- Intentionally impairing someone's physical condition
- Committing first-, second, or third-degree sexual assault on another
- Causing another person to fear that they will be subject to the abuse listed above
When police receive a report of a domestic violence incident, the responding
officer will arrest the person they deem to be the "prominent aggressor."
Meaning the person who has caused the most substantial injury, and not
necessarily the one who engaged in the alleged conduct first.
The officer will consider many factors when determining who the predominant
aggressor is, including:
- The severity of the injuries
- Witness statements
- Past history of abuse
- Whether either person involved has threatened to commit future harm
What's important to note about Wisconsin's domestic violence laws is that
if you're arrested, you will be prohibited from contacting the alleged
victim for 72 hours after the arrest. The restriction means that you cannot
go to their home or any place they might be. You also cannot personally
contact them or have anyone else contact them for you. If you violate
this order, you could be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail
term of up to 9 months.
What Are the Penalties for Domestic Abuse in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin prosecutes domestic violence offenses under the statutes concerning
the alleged conduct, and the penalties are those assessed for the underlying
crime. For instance, if substantially bodily harm is caused to the alleged
victim, the act would be penalized under the state's battery law. This
specific offense is a Class I felony. The penalties include imprisonment
for up to 3 years and 6 months and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Additionally, the penalties can be increased for an individual considered
to be "domestic abuse repeater." That is, someone who has violated
the 72-hour no-contact order by committing another act of domestic abuse,
or someone who has been convicted of 2 or more domestic abuse crimes within
10 years before the current offense. In such a situation, the term of
incarceration is increased by 2 years.
Get the Legal Help You Need
At Ahmad & Associates, our Milwaukee domestic violence lawyers know
that there are two sides to every story, and some allegations of abuse
are made falsely or arise out of a misunderstanding. That is why we provide
compassionate guidance for those facing charges. When you turn to us,
you will get the personalized attention you deserve. We will listen to
your account of the alleged incident to develop a strategy for your unique case.
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