Domestic violence is a problem in Maine and throughout the United States. Because the victims of domestic violence often suffer years of abuse and many domestic violence incidents go unreported, when a charge of domestic violence is made, prosecutors aggressively pursue the charges and judges hand out harsh sentences for domestic violence convictions.
Domestic violence is a horrible crime and victims must be protected; however, not all charges of domestic violence are valid.
For example, you are allowed to defend yourself if you are being attacked. Another example of domestic violence charges being misused is when one spouse uses the charges as a way to gain an advantage in a divorce or custody case. In these instances, the person charged with domestic violence must act quickly to prevent life-long consequences from a conviction of domestic violence.
A Criminal Defense Attorney Who Can Help
At the Webb Law Firm, we believe every person is entitled to the best legal defense possible and that every person is innocent until the state proves their case pursuant to Maine’s criminal laws. Domestic violence cases can be complex, emotional cases that require delicate but aggressive representation.
Call our office at 207-283-6400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free consultation. It is in your best interest not to participate in an investigation or try to tell “your side of the story” if you are arrested.
Anything you say can be used by the prosecution against you at trial. Exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and contact an experience criminal defense attorney immediately.
What is Domestic Violence?
Most people think about domestic violence as physical assault between spouses; however, domestic violence has a much broader definition under Maine law. Domestic violence can occur between any members of a household and individuals in an intimate relationship such as a couple who are dating. A domestic violence charge can also be brought by an ex-spouse and anyone you previously dated and had an intimate relationship with.
Domestic violence also includes acts other than physical abuse. Domestic violence includes all forms of physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. It also includes acts and crimes committed for the purpose of intimidating or controlling the victim or causing the victim emotional distress.
Because domestic violence encompasses such a wide range of behaviors, it is crucial that anyone under investigation for domestic violence call our office immediately. Chances are high you will be charged with domestic violence and the quicker our legal team can begin amassing evidence to refute the allegations, the better chance you have of the charges being dismissed.
What is the Potential Punishment for a Maine Domestic Violence Conviction?
In most cases, domestic violence convictions are sentenced as a Class D misdemeanor. The sentence can including up to 364 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, probation, and mandated completion of an intervention and education program.
If you have been convicted of domestic violence within the past 10 years, either in Maine or any other state, it elevates the crime to a felony sentenced as a Class C felony. Potential punishment includes a fine of up to $5,000, prison sentence of up to 5 years, and up to 2 years of probation.
In either case, you will be prohibited from owing or possessing a firearm if you are convicted of domestic violence. This includes possessing and using firearms for hunting purposes as well as personal protection. The federal law prohibiting firearms for convictions of domestic violence is for life — you will never again own or possess a firearm. For some, this punishment is far worse than the jail time or fine.
You Deserve A Strong Legal Defense
If you are under investigation for domestic violence or you are arrested for domestic violence, act quickly. Call the Webb Law Firm by calling 207-283-6400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also contact Attorney Webb by using our convenient online contract form.
Get informed! We offer a free consultation so that you can get answers to your questions about domestic violence. Because we only practice criminal defense law, we have the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to give you the best defense possible. No one is immune to false allegations of domestic violence. Do not let a false accusation ruin your good reputation. Call us now.