Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality for too many individuals. Although many people equate domestic violence with physical altercations, emotional violence, such as verbal assault, intimidation, and humiliation, can also have detrimental effects on victims well-being. This is why having a dedicated domestic violence lawyer on your side is so critical. The experienced professionals at Froerer & Miles in Ogden, UT, can help. Since 1959, our trustworthy team of lawyers have helped countless domestic violence victims. We have an excellent track record in mediating related issues, such as modifications to child custody arrangements. In the event that mediation is not enough, we will not hesitate to go to court. Contact our firm online or call (801) 621-2690 to learn more about protecting your rights and your safety.
We have an excellent track record in mediating issues related to domestic abuse, such as modifications to child custody arrangements.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is any behavior utilized to control or physically or emotionally harm another household member, regardless of the relationship. This type of violence can also apply to current or former spouses or partners who do not reside together. Physical abuse includes activities such as hitting, pushing, pinning, choking, and threatening another person with a weapon. Emotional abuse can take the form of isolating, humiliating, name calling, and intimidating the victim.
What Typically Happens in a Domestic Violence Case?
Each case is unique, however, there are some common outcomes. These include:
- Civil Lawsuit – Victims of domestic violence often suffer financial repercussions in addition to their physical and emotional pain. A civil lawsuit will cover both a victim’s medical expenses as well as negate their financial losses.
- Restraining Order – Protective orders, commonly referred to as restraining orders, ensure that abusers cannot contact or come within a specific distance of the victim.
- Custody Considerations – A domestic violence lawyer will work on your behalf to ensure that you retain custody of your children.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony
In the state of Utah, a misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, whereas a felony carries a minimum sentence of one year. Examples of misdemeanor offenses can include assault, harassment, threats of violence, and child abandonment, among others. Examples of felony offenses may include aggravated assault, kidnapping, and acts of domestic violence in the presence of a child.
It is important to understand that the punishments for these charges can vary based on context and severity. For example, stalking can result in a Class A misdemeanor in one case and a second degree felony in another, depending on where and how the stalker contacted the victim. Ask your domestic violence lawyer to clarify any questions you may have.
How Can I Protect Myself?
If you are in immediate danger, we recommend:
- Seek Safety – The first thing you need to do is find a safe place to stay. This can be a relative’s home, a shelter, or, if you can afford it a hotel.
- Contact the Police and a Lawyer – As soon as you find shelter, contact a domestic violence lawyer to discuss your options. If you feel that you are in immediate danger, they can file a restraining order requiring that your abuser stay away from you. Police can also take a statement and begin collecting evidence to create a report.
- Mediation – Your domestic violence attorney can work to resolve marital disputes regarding issues of custody, safety, and more.
- Charges – If mediation is not an option, your domestic violence lawyer can press charges as appropriate.
Additionally, it is worthwhile to read up on helpful resources for victims of domestic violence.
Take Action Today
If you are a victim of domestic violence, take the first step towards resolution today. Contact Froerer & Miles online or call (801) 621-2690 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.