In the heat of the moment, anyone can make mistakes. When an argument with a loved one gets out of hand, flared tempers and the activation of fight or flight instincts can kick in. Sometimes the result is an incident of domestic violence. When the police arrive, they will investigate the situation and could possibly place any aggressor under arrest. Arrested individuals will be taken to jail and will be processed by the justice system.
Every situation is unique, so whether or not arrested individuals will face prosecution depends on the circumstances. Defendants may not be charged in connection with the episode, may be charged with a misdemeanor offense, or may be charged with a felony offense. The criminal record of the defendant, the severity of injuries sustained by the victim, previously reported incidents, and more will factor heavily on the prosecutor’s decision. A skilled criminal defense attorney will work to defend the rights of the accused and will fight against excessive punishment.
As with other crimes, there may be immigration consequences. Certain charges of domestic violence can actually lead to deportation and ineligibility for defense applications in immigration court. A domestic violence charge can also lead to the termination of employment, placing an employment-based visa at risk, and even risking deportation proceedings.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers a strong, experienced criminal defense team that works closely with our immigration attorneys to ensure that our clients’ immigration goals are protected. We approach every case with an open mind to bring about the best possible conclusion for your case. We offer free defense consultations at 888-517-9888, so call us today.