Utah Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic violence is a complicated legal matter that affects numerous families in the state of Utah. According to the Utah criminal code, domestic violence refers to "any criminal offense involving violence... or threat [or attempt] of violence...when committed by one cohabitant against another." This vague definition can refer to husband and wife, brother and sister, roommates, a couple living together, or even two individuals who lived together in the past. To further complicate things, domestic violence also covers a wide variety of criminal actions, ranging from harassing electronic communication to property damage and trespassing. Under this definition, a heated argument between a couple that resulted in a broken plate is considered domestic violence.
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Domestic Violence Charges
If you are facing a domestic violence charge, hiring a competent domestic violence lawyer in Utah is key to understanding the confusing implications of this law. Domestic violence is not a charge in and of itself, rather it is a category that increases the consequences for criminal actions. Depending on the circumstances of the case, your charge may be assault, property damage, etc. but penalties will be enhanced by the domestic violence category. Penalties depend on the criminal act(s) involved, past incidents, whether a child was present and various other factors.
- Anger management or other required classes, which can cost upwards of thousands of dollars.
- Heavy fines and court fees.
- Jail time and/or a 12-24 month probation.
- Loss of your Second Amendment rights, the right to carry a firearm.
- A notice on your criminal record that can prevent you from obtaining employment or housing.
- Personal consequences, such as a troubled marriage or relationship and familial difficulties.
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Thousands of Utah Charges Dropped or Reduced
In many domestic violence cases, one of the individuals involved in the incident (or a neighbor) calls the police in the heat of the moment. Once the argument has fizzled out, it is common that the accused or caller wishes to have the charges dropped. Once police are involved, however, the charges cannot be removed. If you are searching for an experienced domestic violence lawyer near you, Branson West is here to help.
Branson, a leading domestic violence defense lawyer in Utah, has fought and won hundreds of domestic violence cases for his clients. He has close working relationships with Utah's judges and prosecutors and is incredibly knowledgeable about the subtleties of Utah domestic violence law. Don't let one unfortunate argument ruin the rest of your life. With the professional help from Branson West, you can win your case, mend your relationship and look to the future with hope.