The past 9 months have been difficult in so many ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to lose loved ones to illness, kept us apart from each other and some had to adjust to working from home. It has also forced those in abusive relationships to be trapped in their home with their abusive partner. Controlling behaviors as well as physical violence are forms of abuse. Unfortunately, domestic violence cases always increase around the holidays and the quarantine may have made the tension between families even higher.
Domestic Violence During the Holidays
The holiday season can be a joyous time of the year filled with friends and family. They can also cause a lot of stress and tension between spouses and family members. The financial instability caused by the state shutdowns and recent layoffs has put many families in tough situations. Financial hardship causes a lot of worry and stress, especially around the holidays. When tension is high emotions can get out of control and lead to abusive behavior. The Michigan justice system has very little tolerance for domestic violence and it is best to seek help before you let your emotions take you that far.
Domestic Violence in Michigan
The Michigan Department of Justice is strict when it comes to domestic violence cases. It is classified by a few different types of violence including physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual assault. first offenses are usually a misdemeanor punishable with up to 93 days in jail and/or up-to $500 in fines. Multiple offenses can result in a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and $1000 in fines and then a felony charge punishable with up to 5 years in prison and up to $5000 in fines. If you are in an abusive relationship or a victim of domestic violence and need help you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
Domestic Violence Cases with Gentry Nalley, PLLC
If you have been charged with domestic violence in Howell, MI, Brighton, MI, Flint, MI, or the surrounding areas, our skilled criminal defense lawyers, Jules N. Fiani and Heather KS Nalley, are here to help. They will use their over fifty years of combined professional experiences to guide you through every step of the criminal process and ensure that your rights are protected. We understand that this is a delicate situation and just because you have been charged with domestic violence, it does not mean that you are a bad person. Call us at (517) 522-4092 or contact us on our website so we can help you through this difficult time.