Domestic violence allegations can have serious consequences. It is not uncommon for couples who are in the midst of a divorce to experience heated emotions. In a single moment, even the most patient, kind, or peaceful spouse can snap and act in a physical manner that is out of character. In other cases, spouses who wish to gain the upper hand in a child custody claim may falsify or greatly exaggerate claims of domestic abuse.
Under Oregon law, police are required to make an arrest when called to respond to a domestic violence disturbance and they develop probable cause for certain crimes. If one person has injuries or is clearly in distress, an arrest of the accused must be made.
Even if the accusations are false or unfair, and even if the injured party does not want the accused to be arrested, the police will still arrest an accused individual immediately. If the police are investigating allegations of domestic violence in your home, you will need professional legal help from a domestic violence lawyer.
Domestic violence cases will always be emotionally charged. Prosecutors in Oregon will not take domestic violence allegations lightly and will try to gather any possible evidence that may cause even the slightest question in your character. Our domestic violence lawyer can help.
Domestic violence charges can be brought against you in any of the following ways:
- Child, elder, or spousal abuse
- Harassment, sexual or psychological
- Restraining order violation
Domestic Violence Defenses & Penalties in Oregon
A domestic violence offense is a serious criminal matter and demands the attention of a knowledgeable domestic violence attorney. To prepare an effective defense strategy that can hold up in court, there may be several defenses available to you.
Defenses can include:
- Acted in self-defense
- Acted in defense of others
- Fabrication of domestic violence claim
The consequences of domestic violence conviction are extremely serious. Domestic violence convictions will more often than not include jail or prison time. Domestic violence cases almost always result in a no-contact order - or in some extreme cases, a restraining order - between the individuals involved. Restraining orders may even extend to include any children the two parties may have had together. They will also impact your right to own firearms.
When you have been charged with a domestic violence crime in Oregon, it may feel as though the world is against you. Domestic violence cases are extremely sensitive in nature and involve the emotions of two parties who are oftentimes in heated dispute or are bitter towards one another. We are experienced in these matters and can help you navigate your way through the legal system.