Domestic violence charges can disrupt every aspect of your life. A conviction can result in jail time, hefty fines, and restraining orders, severely impacting your freedom, rights, and relationships. Even a false accusation of domestic violence can damage your reputation. With so much to lose, having an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential.

At Michael Kawi Law, we understand the gravity of these charges and the urgent need for a strong defense. Trust us to provide compassionate, effective representation and work to protect your rights and reputation. Don’t face this challenge alone—call today for a consultation. We serve clients throughout Illinois, including Lake and Cook counties. 

Understanding Domestic Violence Charges in Illinois

Domestic violence involves acts or threats of violence against a family or household member, including current or former spouses, parents, children, or romantic partners. Specific unlawful acts that constitute domestic violence in Lake County include:

  • Assault: Threatening or attempting to cause physical harm to another person.
  • Battery: Intentional physical contact that causes harm or injury.
  • Stalking: Repeatedly following or harassing someone, causing them to fear for their safety.
  • Harassment: Engaging in behavior that seriously alarms, annoys, or intimidates another person, often repeatedly.
  • Domestic Battery: Physical harm or offensive physical contact between family members or intimate partners.

These charges can escalate based on the severity of the incident and any prior convictions, leading to more severe penalties. At Michael Kawi Law, we have the skills to handle complex domestic violence cases and will provide the aggressive representation you need and deserve.

Domestic Violence Penalties

A domestic violence conviction can have severe and lasting consequences that affect all aspects of your life:

  • Jail time: Potential imprisonment, depending on the severity of the charges.
  • Fines: Significant financial penalties that can create long-term financial strain.
  • Restraining orders: Legal restrictions limit contact with the alleged victim and potentially affect custody arrangements.
  • Loss of rights: Potential loss of gun ownership rights and challenges in gaining specific professional licenses.

The impact of a domestic violence conviction extends far beyond the immediate penalties. It can disrupt your personal and professional life for years to come. At Michael Kawi Law, we work tirelessly to defend your rights and mitigate these severe consequences.

Potential Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges

Defending against domestic violence charges requires a strategic and thorough approach to ensure the best possible outcome. Potential defenses include:

  • Self-defense: Demonstrating that the accused acted to protect themselves from immediate harm. This defense involves showing evidence of the threat posed by the alleged victim.
  • False accusations: While domestic abuse is a serious issue, false accusations of domestic violence are not uncommon Proving that the charges are based on false claims, which can arise from personal vendettas, custody battles, or relationship disputes. This defense focuses on demonstrating that the accuser should not be believed and exposing inconsistencies in their story.
  • Lack of evidence: Showing that the prosecution’s evidence does not meet the burden of proof. This can involve questioning the reliability of witness statements, forensic evidence’s accuracy, or the investigation’s thoroughness.

Building a solid defense involves meticulous investigation, gathering compelling evidence, and leveraging expert testimony. Trust Michael Kawi Law to choose the best line of defense, protect your rights, and secure a favorable outcome.

Why Choose Michael Kawi Law?

Michael Kawi Law has extensive experience handling domestic violence cases and a proven history of achieving favorable outcomes.  This experience includes numerous dismissed cases and victories at trial.  We understand the complex legal landscape and shifting perceptions surrounding domestic violence. When you partner with us, we will provide compassionate, effective representation and personalized attention. 

Our impressive track record of success demonstrates our ability to navigate even the most challenging domestic violence cases. Trust our team to stand by you, vigorously defend you, and protect your rights, reputation, and future. 

Talk To A Lake County Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Today

If you are facing domestic violence charges, turn to Michael Kawi Law. We know what’s at stake and will do everything possible to protect your rights. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us protect your future.