Portland Domestic Abuse Defense Lawyers
The state of Oregon takes charges of domestic violence seriously. Even when the facts are in dispute, police will make an arrest and a judge will grant a temporary restraining order.
You must take allegations of domestic abuse seriously as well. It will not necessarily “blow over.” The prosecutor may bring criminal charges even against the wishes of the victim. Contact the Portland law firm of Levine & McHenry LLC immediately to protect your rights.
Domestic Violence: Criminal Charges And Restraining Orders
We aim to protect clients from all facets of an accusation of domestic abuse:
- Criminal charges — Domestic assault can be a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on injury, prior offenses and other factors.
- Permanent restraining orders — You can be removed from your home and prevented from seeing your children. We will represent you in the court hearing if the victim seeks to extend a temporary order.
- Restraining order violations — Although restraining orders are civil in nature, breaking the no-contact provision or stalking or harassing the person may trigger criminal charges.
- Collateral consequences — Beyond jail and fines, allegations of domestic violence can affect child custody, gun rights, employment and other facets of your life.
Experienced Legal Counsel Can Make A Difference
Our attorneys practice in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and surrounding counties of Oregon. When we are involved early, we can sometimes convince the prosecutor that criminal charges of domestic assault, stalking or violating a restraining order are not warranted.
Most counties offer a deferred sentence for domestic violations. If you plead guilty and complete substance abuse treatment, anger management or family counseling, the charge is dismissed after 12 or 18 months. However, such a plea should not be entered without first consulting a lawyer because of the potential consequences of any conviction.
Our law partners are always prepared to challenge assault charges or restraining order violations at trial when an out-of-court resolution is not feasible. If you stand accused of domestic abuse of your spouse, partner or family member, arrange a free consultation with our Portland attorneys.