Domestic Violence charges in Michigan? When a domestic argument goes south and the police are called, it is a virtual certainty that one party is going to jail, especially if one or more of the Parties involved have a criminal record, the neighbors are complaining, or the Police have been there before. In some cases this is a policy, and in other jurisdictions it is law.
Once such a matter has been turned over to the prosecutor the victim will have little or no say in whether it goes to trial or not. One of the only defenses available to you is proving self-defense. An act is considered to be self-defense where a Defendant, reasonably believed that he or she was in danger of imminent death, or serious bodily harm, and used only force that was immediately necessary to protect themselves.
The reasonable belief test is judged from the perspective of a reasonable person in the accused’s situation. A domestic violence conviction can have long term effects in job applications, custody matters, and background checks.
You only have one shot to keep this off your record, so now is the time to be proactive. To retain Garmo & Kiste, PLC call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.