Alabama Domestic Violence Attorneys
Domestic violence is a serious family problem, but it can also become a criminal matter with long-lasting consequences. If you or a family member has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, or if you have been involved in or accused of violence against a spouse, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend or someone else, we can advise you on the legal aspects of your situation and help you figure out what to do next. Contact us to learn more.
Divorce, Child Custody and Other Family Law Matters Impacted by Violence
In divorce and family law cases, charges of domestic violence often create child custody issues that make things difficult for the person accused of the offense. While nearly everyone would agree that it is important for families to be safe and for violent behavior to be dealt with seriously, false charges are sometimes used by one spouse against another, and this requires strong legal representation to protect the rights of the accused person.
Our Dothan domestic abuse attorneys have represented many clients in situations where violent incidents have occurred, as well as in situations where false accusations have been made. Regardless of what you are going through, we can assist you in reaching the best possible outcome in your family law case.
Criminal Aspects of Domestic Violence - From Both Sides
When conflict in a relationship or in a family reaches the point where violence occurs, law enforcement often gets involved, either through police intervention at a home or through criminal charges being filed later by a victim. If you have been avictim of domestic violence, you have the right to press criminal charges. If you feel unsafe, our lawyers can help you file a restraining order and take other actions that can improve your situation.
If you are accused of physically assaulting or threatening a spouse, significant other or family member in Alabama, you can be arrested, held in jail and charged with a Class A or B felony, or a misdemeanor. In addition to impacting your standing in divorce proceedings, a domestic violence conviction can land you in jail, affect your future employment prospects and prevent you from owning a firearm. With so much at stake, you will do well to get an experienced defense attorney on your side.
At Smith & McGhee, PC, we are experienced at dealing with domestic violence from many angles. Contact us at 334-316-4308 for aggressive representation in both civil and criminal matters.