Domestic Violence, Assault

Many times, assault charges appear to be in conjunction with family (domestic) violence. Domestic violence is usually filed as a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable with up to one year in jail and fines of up to $4,000.

Although a simple assault case can be filed in a lower court as a Class C misdemeanor, assault can also be filed as a serious felony case (i.e. Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault exhibiting/using a deadly weapon). In addition a Class A misdemeanor family violence case can, under certain circumstances, be upgraded to a felony offense. However, there are ways of minimizing punishment in these cases and often can be resolved through a dismissal.

An experienced Grand Rapids domestic violence lawyer can take you through the possible strategies in dealing with these cases and obtain a cost effective satisfactory result, without causing additional stress upon the family. These cases can carry serious life altering consequences, and a diligent aggressive lawyer can help defend you – many times getting the charges dropped or reduced. Ryan Maesen is experienced in domestic abuse representation, knows which strategies to use in your defense, and how the prosecutors will most likely try to convict you.

Many cases involve false allegations and exaggerated accusations. It’s important to choose an attorney that is experienced at getting to the truth in these very high stress and complex situations. Keep in mind that domestic violence and family violence cases are not eligible for expungement, which means that once you’re charged it’s on your record for good. You need to do everything you can ahead of time to prepare a solid defense and keep your record clean.

These charges can happen to anyone and it’s important to get all your questions answered and make the most informed decision possible. Call us at (616) 426-6803 for a free telephone consultation and discuss your unique situation and the possible strategies available, or use the contact form to get in touch. We will do everything we can to defend your rights.

If you have been charged with an assault and battery offense, or you know someone that has, please call us today. Experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer, Ryan Maesen, can provide you with the level of experience you deserve when facing your case.

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I also have assisted clients accused of Financial and White Collar crimes in Federal Court. I have helped hundreds of individuals across West Michigan and I can help you to during this challenging period of your life.

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