Domestic Violence Delivering Outstanding Results Since 1987

Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Conveniently Located in Kalamazoo

Domestic violence cases are extremely emotional, and they often turn into a battle of he-said/she-said. Being accused of domestic violence can be devastating, and a conviction can destroy your life. In addition to ruining your reputation and your standing in the community, you may also lose custody of your children, and face jail time. If you are accused of domestic violence, you must seek legal representation from a trusted attorney.

Since 1987, Levine & Levine has brought clients aggressive yet compassionate domestic violence defense services. Our attorneys are highly regarded within the legal community. Over the decades, we have developed a reputation for delivering strong defense strategies. With a high rate of acquittals, our success record is self-evident.

Our firm also serves residents in the following counties:

  • Calhoun
  • St. Joseph
  • Van Buren
  • Berrien
  • Cass
  • Kalamazoo
  • Branch
  • Eaton
  • Ingham
  • Barry
  • Allegan
  • Ottawa

To speak with a Kalamazoo domestic violence defense lawyer, reach out to us online or call us at (269) 218-8880 to discuss your case.

Defining Domestic Violence

Domestic violence occurs when someone attempts to or causes physical or mental harm to a family or household member. Terrorizing, intimidating, harassing, or causing a household or family member to fear for their physical or psychological safety is also considered domestic violence. Furthermore, sexual violence against a family or household member is classified as a type of domestic violence.

Domestic relationships can exist between:

  • Spouses, partners, dating couples
  • Former spouses, partners, and couples
  • Children, siblings, and parents
  • Those who share a residence
  • Other immediate and extended relatives

Domestic violence can take many forms, including:

  • Economic abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Depending on the circumstances, a domestic violence case may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Typically, a first offense is charged as a misdemeanor, while subsequent offenses may be elevated to felony charges. Additionally, not only adults can be charged with domestic violence. Juveniles are also subject to domestic violence investigation and arrest.

Levine & Levine has a deep understanding of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Michigan laws. Our domestic violence defense lawyers in Kalamazoo are highly qualified and prepared to help you fight your charges.

Domestic Assault & Aggravated Domestic Assault

Domestic assault and aggravated domestic assault classifications are covered in Michigan’s Penal Code and are very similar to regular assault charges. A first offense of domestic assault is classified as a misdemeanor while committing domestic assault with two or more previous convictions is a felony. Aggravated domestic assault is also classified as a misdemeanor on a first offense, provided there is no weapon or intent to murder or inflict great bodily harm. However, the charge is elevated to a felony on a third offense.

Penalties of a domestic assault conviction may include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Anger management classes
  • Community service
  • Restitution

In Michigan, law enforcement is allowed to make a domestic violence arrest without a warrant. According to the Michigan Code of Criminal Procedure, a police officer may make an arrest if they have reasonable cause to believe that a domestic violence crime has been committed or if they have received positive information from another law enforcement agent that a domestic violence crime has been committed. The police officer does not have to be present when the incident happened to make the arrest.

We Aren’t Afraid to Fight for You

The courts in Michigan are very aggressive when it comes to prosecuting domestic violence cases. There is also significant bias against those accused of domestic violence, and many will assume they are guilty. However, countless people are wrongfully accused of domestic violence every year. Whether the result of malicious intent or a misunderstanding, the wrongfully accused deserve justice and to be exonerated.

At Levine & Levine, we believe that you are innocent until proven guilty and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights. We have 115+ years of combined experience fighting domestic violence charges. Let us put our extensive experience to work for you.

If you were charged with domestic violence, you are not alone. Look to our trusted defense law firm for support. Call us at (269) 218-8880 or connect with us online.

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  • Over a Century of Combined Experience

    There is no substitute for experience and the attorneys at Levine & Levine have over 115 years of legal experience.

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    Our attorneys are highly regarded for their legal expertise by the judges and prosecutors throughout Southwest Michigan.

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    “With her knowledge and relationships, she turned a scary situation into a breeze.”

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