Domestic Violence in Lehigh County


Domestic Violence Cases in Lehigh County

Are you being charged with domestic violence in Lehigh County?

Whether the whole thing was an accident or you were acting in self-defense — you should consult an experienced domestic violence lawyer who will study all of the facts and help decide what your best course of action is.

A professional domestic dispute attorney will work to put your defense in the best possible light. There could be a lot at stake in a criminal case like this — rehabilitation, jail time, restraining orders, fines, and even loss of child custody. Since every domestic dispute case is unique, the best thing to do is hire a lawyer who can impartially examine the events that led up to the incident and determine if the charges that have been filed against you are minor or major.

Domestic Violence Includes Assault, Strangulation, and Harassment

Pennsylvania law does not contain its own criminal statutes specifically for domestic violence, but it’s possible to charge a defendant with a number of crimes that may or may not have harsh penalties. The following misdemeanor crimes could be included in a domestic violence case: harassment, assault, disorderly conduct, stalking, identity theft, corruption of minors, invasion of privacy, false reports, and many more.

Being charged with domestic violence doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely be convicted. Through thorough studying of the police report, a lawyer can plan a defense that considers the emotional status of both parties that were involved in the incident.

Does a 911 recording exist that supports the report? Were there witnesses involved? Are the injuries of the victim recent? What were the emotional states of you and the victim during the incident and when the police report was taken afterward? Are there any signs of a possible struggle? Have past violence issues been filed against you? At the time of the incident, were you or the victim inebriated? As your representation, a lawyer will look to answer all these questions.

Once it has been determined that the police report and your defense coincide, the defense lawyer will start to gather evidence that backs you up.

Dutko Law Domestic Violence Defense Services in Allentown and Surrounding Areas

Here at Dutko Law, our team understands emotions may get the best of you in this type of situation. So, you need a reliable domestic dispute lawyer who will protect you from self-incrimination. If you’ve been arrested, the prosecution can use anything against you — it doesn't matter how calm you are when talking with the police. If the prosecutor goes ahead with charges, our dedicated firm can work with you to lay out your options moving forward.

Remember that no two cases are alike. If the court system finds you guilty, Dutko Law’s criminal defense attorney might be able to use a rehabilitation program to negotiate a plea bargain that reduces your overall sentence. Our skilled negotiator may also be able to get some of your charges or other restrictions removed, helping you get back to your life.

It’s important to be straightforward with your lawyer when your defense is being built. Withholding any information will only make things harder for you, and it could possibly lose you the case. A domestic dispute defense can fall under seven main categories: I did not do it, she/he lied, it was an accident, it was self-defense, there’s no way to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, the incident is the victim’s fault, and the police don’t have enough to bring charges.

When you try to represent yourself in this kind of serious criminal case, the prosecutor will see this advantage and probably go for the worst possible punishment. Attorney Dutko knows the law well and can help you with each step of the process—whether it involves talking to law enforcement officers or filling out paperwork. Contact Dutko Law, LLC and put us to work for you.