While being accused of committing
battery against anyone is a serious matter in and of itself,
violent crimes committed against a person with whom a person shares a family or intimate
relationship can be met with even harsher penalties. Nevada’s
domestic violence laws seek to prevent these acts by imposing more severe penalties and
granting certain protections to victims of domestic violence. If you have
been accused of domestic violence, it is vital you retain the services
of a powerful legal team as soon as possible to protect your freedom.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your charges, an attorney may
be able to employ a number of different strategies to combat the prosecution’s
claims and maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your
Some of the most frequently used defense strategies include:
1. Blatantly false allegations: Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for individuals to be falsely accused
of domestic violence by former spouses or dating partners out of spite
to gain an advantage in a divorce or custody battle. An attorney can seek
to expose inconsistencies in your accuser’s testimony and compare
it to police reports of the incident.
2. Self-defense: One of the most widely used domestic violence defense strategies is to
assert the alleged violent act was committed in self-defense. You cannot
be found guilty of domestic violence if you used necessary force to defend
yourself against imminent danger. Your attorney will argue that you were
not the aggressor in the incident and that you used no more force than
was necessary to stave off the threat.
3. Not a spouse, cohabitant, or parent: In order for an act to be considered domestic violence, it must be committed
against a family member, cohabitant, spouse, or former spouse. Your attorney
can contest whether or not the alleged victim was indeed a member of any
of these protected classes and pursue a reduction of your charges.
4. No traumatic condition: You may not be convicted of domestic violence if there were no injuries
reported at the time of your arrest.
5. Lack of proof: Your strongest defense will likely be the strategy of exposing weaknesses
in the opposition’s arguments. You cannot be convicted if the prosecution
fails to meet the mandatory burden of proof.
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer in Las Vegas
If you are facing allegations of domestic violence, the a
Las Vegas criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of David R. Fischer can protect your rights and fight
to secure a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf. Backed
by a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and a prestigious
Super Lawyers® inclusion for our unrivaled advocacy, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.
Call (702) 866-9864 or schedule a free consultation
today to get started towards retaining the representation you deserve.