Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers in Jackson County
Domestic violence is a serious criminal offense in Missouri. Because of the sensitive nature of the alleged victim, domestic violence charges are often treated more harshly than other crimes. If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need an experienced attorney to defend your rights. At Easter Law, LLC, we are dedicated to defending the rights of our clients and helping them achieve the best possible outcome.
Our firm has the experience to help you fight domestic violence charges. We have been practicing for more than a decade and have handled hundreds of cases. We can use our experience and resources to help you fight your charges and protect your rights.
Schedule a consultation with our domestic violence attorneys in Kansas City to learn more. Call us at (816) 208-0912 or contact us online.
What Are Domestic Violence Charges in Missouri?
Domestic violence is a broad term that covers a number of crimes committed against a family member, intimate partner, household member, or cohabitant. Domestic violence charges can include assault and battery or sexual assault. Domestic violence charges can also include harassment, stalking, kidnapping, and property damage.
The severity of the charges will depend on the circumstances of the alleged crime. Some cases, such as assault or battery, are charged as misdemeanors, while others, such as sexual assault, are felonies. The penalties for domestic violence charges can include fines, jail time, probation, and restraining orders.
Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence charges are unique because they often involve a family member or intimate partner. As a result, those cases can be highly sensitive and complex. The alleged victim may be reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement and may tell their side of the story in a different way. If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can protect your rights.
At , we understand that the alleged victim may not be willing to talk to you. We can use all of the information available, such as police reports and witness testimony, to build your defense. We can also use our experience to negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf and try to reach a favorable outcome.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
The penalties for domestic violence in Missouri can include:
- A fine of up to $500 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for a second offense
- Jail time of up to one year
- Community service
- Restraining orders
Being convicted of domestic violence can have a lasting impact on your life. In addition to the criminal penalties, you may also be required to pay restitution to the alleged victim. Additionally, a domestic violence conviction may impact your custody or visitation rights. If you are under a restraining order, you may not be able to see your children or have contact with your spouse.
How Are Restraining Orders Issued?
A judge may issue a restraining order if they find that you have committed domestic violence or that there is a risk of you committing domestic violence in the future. The alleged victim can request a restraining order, which a judge will consider. A judge may also issue a restraining order without an application if you are charged with a domestic violence crime.
Restraining orders may include a number of provisions, such as prohibiting you from contacting the alleged victim. If you have children with the alleged victim, a restraining order may prohibit you from seeing your children. The order may also include provisions that require you to leave the home, return the alleged victim's property, or pay child support.
Contact Our Domestic Violence Attorneys in Kansas City
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need an experienced attorney who can defend your rights. At Easter Law, LLC, we have handled hundreds of cases and have the experience to help you. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you understand your rights and options.
Call us at (816) 208-0912 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
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