The term “domestic violence” involves two individuals in some kind of relationship, whether currently or formerly married, dating, co-parents, living together or in a civil union. The accused in this scenario has allegedly inflicted some type of mental or physical harm on the victim (such as sexual assault, physical pain or injury), though damage to the victim’s property and threats and/or acts that cause fear can also be involved.

Being charged with domestic violence is a very serious matter. Even if you aren’t convicted, this could still result in the loss of certain privileges, your career and your reputation. And in Wisconsin, law enforcement officers are required to arrest and detain individuals who are suspected of domestic violence.

Under state law, the accused is charged according to the circumstances and severity of the crime, including:

 

  • misdemeanor or felony battery
  • disorderly conduct
  • criminal damage to property
  • false imprisonment
  • kidnapping
  • stalking

 

The case is then examined according to the evidence of physical injury, the degree to which continued abuse is likely or concrete signs that the perpetrator has been aggressive in the relationship before. Fines and jail time also vary in each case based on these findings if the accused is found guilty. Many times, the judge will also issue a mandatory restraining order.

 

Are you facing domestic violence charges in Wisconsin? The attorneys of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. have more than 40 years of combined experience in criminal defense. We will fight to protect your future and your reputation.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and find out more.

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