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Kane County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Every year, more than 10 million Americans are physically abused by an intimate partner. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), this equates to one incident every 20 minutes. It is important to note many people accused of domestic violence are falsely accused.

Domestic violence charges can have a serious impact on your family law case and hurt your ability to gain future employment. If you have been accused of a domestic violence crime, it is important to seek skilled legal representation immediately. 

Domestic Violence Impact on Legal Matters 

The divorce process can be incredibly contentious, and in some cases, spouses try to use a domestic violence accusation as a way of gaining child custody or garnering a disproportionate amount of marital assets. According to the organization Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, allegations of domestic violence are made in approximately 25 percent of all divorce cases throughout the United States. 

In child custody issues, fathers often face an uphill battle going in, as only a small percentage of parents with sole custody are fathers. A domestic violence accusation can lead to a temporary restraining order, which may carry substantial weight in a family law case. According to studies conducted by SAVE, as many as 70 percent of all restraining orders are made on trivial or false grounds. It should be noted that 85 percent of restraining orders throughout the U.S. are issued against men. 

Legal Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction 

Outside of the potential impact on a family law case, a domestic violence conviction comes with serious legal consequences. Written within the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, a domestic battery conviction is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, that can result in up to a year in prison, as well as substantial monetary fines. If you have been previously convicted of a domestic violence crime, it is possible your actions will be labeled as a Class 4 felony, which can result in a three-year prison sentence.

Contact a Kane County Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Attorney Brian J. Mirandola has dedicated his life to aggressively represent his clients, and help them through difficult circumstances and unjust allegations. With more than two decades of legal experience in Kane County, he has witnessed and fought against false accusations meant to cause the loss of custodial privileges, the seizure of assets, and jail time. To schedule a free consultation with an Elgin, IL criminal defense attorney that you can believe in, call us today at 847-488-0889.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2100

http://www.saveservices.org/camp/faam-2011/false-accusations-of-domestic-violence-by-the-numbers/

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attorney, Kane County criminal defense attorneyWhen you are up against a criminal charge, the attorney you hire can have a massive impact on the outcome of your case. So, knowing this, how do you choose? How do you ensure, beyond all doubt, that your criminal defense attorney will represent you effectively and protect your interests? It all starts with performing your due diligence. Of course, the decision is always up to you, but following information may be able to help you find the attorney that is most suited to your specific needs.

Hire the Right Type of Lawyer

First thing is first: it is important that you hire an attorney who has experience with your particular situation. As an example, hiring an attorney who works only on divorce or immigration issues when you are facing drunk driving charges is probably a poor choice. Instead, turn to an attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience with sensitive criminal matters. These attorneys are more likely to recognize and plan for the unique challenges that may arise in your case.

Determine Competency to the Best of Your Abilities

Unless you have a degree in law, it may be a little difficult to discern for certain whether or not your prospective attorney is competent. However, you may feel as though something is "off." For example, if it feels as though your attorney is sidestepping your questions or having difficulty explaining things in a way that you can understand, he or she may not know the answer. Likewise, if they are unable to effectively communicate with you—which also requires listening on their part--they may not be as well-versed in the law as you would like.

Also, do your homework. Research the attorney’s reputation and where they went to school. Look at their overall background. Have they won any specific awards? Are they affiliated with the local, state, or national bar association or other legal organization? Do they participate in community action and serve as an advocate for more than just their clients? None of this can give you a complete answer, but your gut instinct is often correct. In a matter as serious as this, it is often best to err on the side of caution.

Let Us Help

At The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, we understand that the attorney you choose when facing a criminal matter is important. We welcome your questions and will work with you in determining if we are the right legal team for your case. To learn more, contact an experienced Elgin criminal defense attorney today. Call 847-488-0889 for a free consultation.

Source:

http://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511096932-illinois-supreme-court-disbars-six-lawyers-suspends-11-others-in-march-attorney-disciplinary-actions

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-bramefinkelstein/5-things-to-look-for-befo_b_10944996.html

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