Possible Defenses Against a Domestic Violence Charge
Depending on the circumstances, your Chicago domestic violence defense attorney might use one of the following defenses to get your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
Self defense is one of the most common defenses used in domestic violence cases. If you used force against the alleged victim in order to protect yourself or someone else you believed was in imminent danger, your domestic violence defense lawyer can make the argument that you were justified in using force.
For example, if the alleged victim lunged at you with a knife after a heated argument, and you ducked and tackled them to the ground resulting in a rib injury, your domestic violence lawyer can make the case that you acted in self-defense since your life was possibly in danger.
Lack of Evidence
If there is no tangible evidence (medical records, statements from eyewitnesses, photographs, videos, phone records, or voicemail records) to prove that a crime (whether it is verbal abuse or physical abuse) was actually committed, your criminal defense lawyer can convince the prosecution to drop the charges against you or get the charges against you dismissed in court.
If the alleged victim falsely accused you in order to frame you or to get back at you, your Chicago domestic violence lawyers will investigate your case in order to prove that there is no factual basis for the false allegations. Without legal justification for the domestic criminal charges, your defense team may be able to get the case against you dropped or dismissed.
Domestic violence generally involves an element of intention. If you hurt the alleged victim unknowingly or unintentionally, it cannot be considered an act of domestic violence. For example, if you are doing repair work on your home and a tool slips out of your hand, hits your spouse, and causes an injury, you cannot be accused of domestic battery.
Contact the Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers at The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is essential to contact a seasoned domestic violence attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Purav and Bhatt, we have successfully handled many domestic violence cases and can help you get the best possible outcome. Call us today at 773-791-9682 or fill out our online form to discuss the domestic violence charges against you.