Know Your Rights If You Are Accused Of Domestic Assault
According to Missouri domestic assault laws, it is a crime to commit violence against a spouse, a former spouse, another family member, a person with whom the offender lives or previously lived with or a person with whom the offender has or had a romantic relationship. Law enforcement officials may determine that a family argument crossed the line and constitutes domestic assault if any of the following occur:
- An attempt to cause physical injury
- Physically injuring a domestic victim by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
- Threatening a domestic victim that causes the victim to fear bodily injury
- Engaging in physical contact with the victim
- Causing isolation of the victim by restraining access to other people
State lawmakers have strengthened domestic assault laws over the past two decades. Missouri has four degrees of domestic assault, ranging from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class A felony. Conviction of domestic assault may result in a significant prison sentence, fines and restrictions on your ability to spend time with your children. It also can prevent you from owning a firearm.
Put Our Experience In Your Corner
If you face charges of domestic assault, it is important to respond immediately and aggressively. A mere accusation of domestic assault can negatively impact your life, even if you are ultimately not convicted of the charge. At Howard L. Lotven, A Professional Corporation, we bring 35 years of experience in criminal defense law to every case. We are always focused on minimizing the impact that a criminal charge has on each client’s life. This involves thoroughly investigating the alleged criminal incident and often challenging evidence. We have a history of success reaching positive outcomes for our clients through negotiated settlements and at trial.
Often, these cases become a matter of one spouse making allegations against the other with no other witnesses present. False accusations of domestic assault are made in an attempt to gain an advantage in a child custody dispute or for revenge purposes. Enlisting the help of a criminal defense lawyer who understands how to analyze the unique aspects of your case and develop the best possible defense strategy can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
Call Today If You Face Assault Charges
A timely response to domestic assault charges is critical. Contact our office today if you have been arrested and charged with domestic assault or any related criminal charge. Call 816-399-5639 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We represent clients throughout the Kansas City metro area.