Canton, Ohio, Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Ohio is a preferred-arrest state in cases of domestic violence. This means that if police are called to your home following a domestic disturbance, somebody is probably going to jail. Once the 911 call is made, it is easier for police to arrest than not arrest, even if they have a weak case.
I'm Michael Boske, a criminal defense lawyer in Canton, Ohio. I represent clients arrested for domestic violence and spousal abuse throughout Northeastern Ohio. Ohio courts are likely to press charges in cases of spousal abuse, even if the couple reconciles and the victim is does not want to prosecute. In approximately a third of the cases I handle, I am hired by the person who is named as the victim.
A strong defense is needed in any domestic violence case because the potential penalties are very serious:
- The person charged is usually thrown out of the house, and a protective order is issued that will prevent the couple from having any contact. If you violate that protective order, you will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.
- The person charged almost always has to post a bond to get out of jail.
- If you are convicted, you will have a lifelong criminal record. Domestic violence is one of the few criminal charges that cannot be expunged in Ohio. You will be prevented from carrying a firearm or getting a hunting license. If you are in the police or in the military, you will lose your job.
Many domestic violence arrests are based on allegations in connection with a divorce or child custody dispute when the spouse wants to get the other party out of the house. As a lawyer, I am prepared to try domestic violence cases to protect your interests. I believe that these cases need to be defended aggressively to avoid consequences that can affect you for the rest of your life.
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For a free initial consultation about your domestic violence case, contact defense lawyer Michael Boske in Canton, Ohio.