Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States today, and not one that criminal prosecutors take lightly in any state.
In Utah, where the penalties for even a first conviction can be quite serious, domestic violence is considered an enhanceable offense. In other words, additional or subsequent charges result in increasing penalties.
Of course, anyone truly guilty of a crime must face the consequences. For those who are falsely accused, however, or for those who acted in self-defense, a vigorous defense must be mounted in response to these serious and potentially devastating charges.
How Domestic Violence Is Defined in Utah
Considered a violent crime in our state, domestic violence is defined as acts of aggression that are perpetrated on a spouse or domestic partner, on a family member or on anyone with whom you currently live or have previously lived. Assault occurring between two parents who have a child together is also included in these statutes.
Related crimes included under the umbrella of domestic crimes include assault, child endangerment, stalking, harassment through electronic media and the violation of a standing protective order.
Society’s Influence on Domestic Criminal Prosecution
Sometimes referred to as intimate partner violence or IPV, this issue is garnering significant societal attention as it grows more pervasive. Those who are falsely accused can become caught up in a tide of public outrage.
Prosecutors face tremendous pressure for conviction as well, and are hesitant to consider the dismissal or reduction of charges.
Defending Against False Allegations of Violence
If you have been falsely accused, it’s important to understand that you may face a struggle to clear your name and preserve your reputation in the community.
In any situation in which the police are involved, do not answer questions or talk to anyone until you have contacted a criminal defense attorney.
An experienced domestic violence lawyer is uniquely qualified to protect your rights under the law. Your attorney can act quickly to gather evidence and build a case that proves you have been falsely accused. If you were acting in self-defense or in the defense of a child, for example, we can gather evidence to substantiate your claim.
As time passes, evidence can be compromised and witness memories can fade. Contact the Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates as soon as possible after an incident has taken place to discuss your case. We have offices conveniently located throughout the Salt Lake City area, including Murray and St. George. We will come to you for consultation if you have been taken into custody.
With more than 25 years’ experience in Utah criminal defense, we can help you fight any type of domestic violence charges you may face.