Domestic Violence / Crimes Against Person
If the police show up on a domestic disturbance call, the odds are high that someone will go to jail – whether a crime was actually committed or not. The reason for this is that law enforcement agencies across the country have implemented a “better safe than sorry” protocol that may even require the responding officer to make an arrest without regard to whether there is sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed or not. If you have been accused of domestic violence it is imperative that you understand the potential consequences of a conviction.
Today, a conviction for domestic violence could result in a sentence that includes incarceration, a lengthy period of probation, mandatory anger management classes and hefty fines. In addition, the non-judicial consequences of a domestic violence conviction should not be forgotten. You could lose your job, face professional disciplinary action, be disqualified to own or carry a firearm, and even face a threat to your visitation rights with minor children.
If you have been charged with violating the domestic violence laws in Kansas or Missouri it is in your best interest to consult with experienced criminal defense attorney Heath Stuart immediately to ensure that your rights and your future are protected.