Representing Victims Or The Accused In Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic violence often accompanies divorce and other contentious family matters. It can also arise in nonmarital situations.
The Oakland County lawyers at Hauer & Snover assist clients on both sides of domestic violence matters. We represent people who are victims of domestic violence as well as people accused of domestic violence. In all cases, we are vigorous advocates for their rights and their safety.
Examples Of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence occurs when one person tries to control another through physical, emotional or sexual abuse, according to the Michigan State Police.* It can entail behaviors such as pushing, kicking, slapping, biting or punching. The definition can also include threatening or harassing the other person, forcing sex, or denying or controlling access to food or the family finances, or stalking.
These and many other behaviors are classified as domestic violence when they occur between spouses or former spouses, people in dating or live-in relationships or former relationships, people who have common children, or other people living in the same house.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
An attorney can help victims of domestic violence by educating them about the process of obtaining a personal protection order (PPO). A PPO gives a victim immediate relief from the abusive behavior and requires the alleged abuser to stay away from the person requesting the PPO. In cases of severe abuse, time is of the essence. Our lawyers are available to help clients expedite the process of obtaining a protection order.
Protection orders can also be contested. When a married or nonmarried couple is involved in a serious dispute, going through divorce or fighting about child custody, one person may request a PPO against the other in retaliation. This is a misuse of the process, and our lawyers are quick to help clients who are wrongly subjected to a PPO.
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