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Accused of Domestic Violence? Don’t Delay Seeking Legal Representation.
Every couple inevitably has arguments, but when these fights turn physical, the law can intervene. As soon as the alleged victim dials 9-1-1 and the police arrive at the scene, you will be arrested and go to jail if there is reason to believe you committed the crime of domestic violence (DV). All it takes is a victim’s statement, as police do not take steps to investigate the defendant’s innocence. Because of this, you may not be able to tell your side of the story, especially if you don’t hire a skilled attorney as soon as possible. That’s partly because domestic violence charges cannot be dropped by the accuser, because they are not issued by the victim, but by the state of Mississippi.
At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, our DV defense attorneys believe that every criminally accused individual deserves capable legal representation. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty, but you shouldn’t leave anything to chance when it comes to your freedom. Our attorneys are prepared to defend your legal rights to challenge a DV charge.
To learn more about how we can protect your rights after a DV arrest, please call to schedule a free consultation by dialing (601) 853-2223.
How Mississippi Defines Domestic Violence Crimes
The state of Mississippi defines domestic violence in 2 broad categories: simple and aggravated. Simple DV involves a person who commits a “simple” assault, such as attempting to harm another adult in the following ways: threatening physical injury, intentionally or negligently causing physical injury, or attempting to physically injure another. Simple DV may involve failing to exercise reasonable care, such as misfiring a gun and accidentally shooting someone.
Aggravated DV is a form of assault, and much more severe in terms of criminal consequences because of the intent of the alleged perpetrator. While simple DV is still serious, aggravated DV involves extreme indifference to the other person’s life. Often, these crimes include bodily injury to another person with the use of a deadly weapon or by other means that would likely kill the target, such as strangulation.
Possible Defenses to a Domestic Violence Charge
Our skilled lawyers at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC are here to help you fight your DV charges. We will explore every avenue to fight what often turns into a “he said, she said” purported crime. It’s also important to remember, too, how Mississippi prosecutors may still pursue conviction without a victim’s cooperation. Even if the allegations again you are baseless, you’ll need skillful legal representation to have the best chances at a favorable outcome.
Some possible domestic violence defenses include:
- Disputing your presence at the scene of the alleged incident, such as with a credible alibi
- No one witnessed the alleged incident of domestic violence
- There is no photo evidence of alleged injuries sustained by the accuser
- The victim admits to partaking in some degree of physical violence
- If your statement was taken at the scene of the incident, or only the accuser’s
- Whether the arresting officers advised you of your Miranda rights
- And more
Hire Skilled Legal Counsel After a DV Arrest – Every Moment Counts.
Remember, your freedom is on the line in the wake of a domestic violence charge, especially if you’ve had similar convictions previously. Don’t wait. Contact us at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC for competent legal representation you need as you go through the legal process.
Call our legal team at (601) 853-2223 to arrange your free consultation.
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