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Domestic Violence Lawyers In Lake County, Indiana
Domestic violence is a serious charge that can lead to serious issues for the accused. In Indiana, domestic violence incidents can lead to criminal charges as well as orders of protection being issued against the perpetrator by the court system. Should such an order of protection be violated, further criminal charges could be added. You should know that domestic violence isn’t a small issue that will just go away. Should you be convicted, you could be facing the prospect of paying steep fines as well as serving jail time, depending upon the issue in question. With that said, it is important that you reach out for legal help if you find yourself accused of domestic violence.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the term used to describe the violence that happens in the home or domicile. When one spouse or partner hurts the other, that is generally considered domestic violence. In Indiana, there are not separate criminal statutes dealing specifically with domestic violence aside from that of domestic battery. That means that things like criminal confinement, criminal trespass, kidnapping and harassment are looked at on a criminal level and could be pursued as criminal charges as opposed to something that takes place in a family court and might not stay on your record. When it comes to these crimes, in other words, Indiana law does not differentiate between harassing someone you are involved with, in other words, and harassing a stranger or an acquaintance.
What is domestic battery?
If Indiana doesn’t differentiate between domestic violence and criminal charges with the exception of domestic battery, what exactly is domestic battery and how is it conducted? Domestic battery is committed when someone causes injury to a former or current spouse, someone who lived or lives with the batterer as a spouse, or someone with whom the batterer has a child. In all of the above relationships, physical injury dealt to one of the party members is considered domestic battery.
Domestic battery is not a charge to sneeze at. Depending upon the situation, you could spend up to a year in jail by being charged with a Class A misdemeanor. In addition, you might also have to pay a $5,000 fine. Should that battery take place within a child’s physical presence – a child under 16 years of age – then that jail time increases up to three years and the fine increases to $10,000. Additionally, should you be convicted of domestic battery you might be required to participate in an intervention program in addition to everything else mentioned.
What happens if someone calls the police during a domestic violence incident?
In Indiana, there are various duties that police and other law enforcement officers must carry out when they investigate an allegation of domestic violence. First and foremost, for example, they must do everything reasonably within their power to prevent more violence from occurring. This includes arresting the alleged batterer, helping the victim to gather belongings and providing them with transportation to a safe location. Police officers might also confiscate ammunition and firearms should they be observed, especially if they believe that those weapons are an imminent threat to the victim.
What is a protective order?
One of the most common things for individuals to face after a domestic violence incident is a protective order. These are often granted to the victims in the incident to help keep them safe from further violence. Depending upon the allegations, a court can issue this order without even notifying the accused or holding a hearing, especially if it seems to be exceedingly clear that the alleged violence did, in fact, occur. Should this be issued, one of the provisions could require the accused to move from the home in question, as well as having zero contact with the petitioner.
An order of protection is a serious order, and failure to comply with it will not be taken lightly. You might face criminal charges if you fail to adhere to the guidelines listed within the order, especially if your actions include harassing or further harming the petitioner. Note that sometimes, these orders of protection are granted for things like killing or abusing an animal without provocation or justification, for the purposes of intimidating, terrorizing, coercing or threatening a family member. WE can help use these laws to protect your family.
If you are accused of domestic violence, you should reach out to an experienced attorney right away to help you handle these charges. Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, is home to experienced attorneys who are happy to help you with your case. Give us a call today at 219-865-0002 or send an email, and let us help.
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Criminal Cases Have Much At Stake
Perhaps no other area of law has higher stakes than criminal cases. Our goal is to make sure that you are treated fairly by the judicial system and to reach the best possible outcome for you. Funk & Wendlinger’s criminal law practice concentrates on the following areas:
- CDL & trucking violations
- Driver’s license suspension
- Drug offenses
- DUI/OWI and other traffic offenses
- Expungement/record clearing
- Juvenile crimes
Family Law Is About Protecting What Is Most Important
We also dedicate a large area of our practice to family law matters. These issues go beyond divorce, but all of them mean a major change for your family’s future. We can help you with:
- Child custody/parenting time
- Child support and enforcement
- Divorce & legal separation
- Domestic violence
- Pre- & postnuptial agreements
- Property division and alimony/spousal maintenance
Meeting Your Family’s Legal Needs
Funk & Wendlinger strives to meet all of your family’s legal needs. Although we spend the majority of our caseload on the above practice areas, we do handle other matters. We can help you and your family if you are dealing with a personal injury matter, need assistance creating an estate plan or need advice regarding a real estate issue.