Domestic Violence Defense Counsel For Professionals
Domestic violence allegations can compromise your career and reputation. If you or a loved one is charged with a domestic violence offense, a court may issue a domestic violence criminal or civil protection order that remains in effect until the case is over, meaning the defendant cannot go home nor have contact with his or her family. This can be devastating and, if you are convicted, life-changing. We will do what it takes to prevent that from happening.
Our Approach To Domestic Violence Cases
For over 35 years, attorney Michael C. Hennenberg has provided domestic abuse defense services in a variety of cases, including those surrounding domestic violence, restraining orders and protective order violations. We understand the sensitive and complex nature of some cases and, as such, call on the help of private investigators, counselors, polygraphists and mental health professionals.
Our team of legal advocates and experts assists in cases where:
- Charges are filed as an act of retaliation — We will direct a fact-finding investigation by hiring a private investigator to conduct witness interviews and collect evidence. In doing so, we will determine the validity of the complaint and form a case strategy for the best possible outcome.
- You need the assistance of mental health professionals — Criminal behavior and family tensions can arise from underlying personal and emotional issues. Mental health professionals understand the triggers and progression of anger that develop, and will work to keep everyone safe during the investigation and trial.
Types Of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a threat, attempt or actual assault on a household or family member. In Ohio, there are three scenarios in which prosecutors can charge domestic violence in municipal and/or common pleas courts:
- A person threatens violence, resulting in a family or household member to believe they will suffer imminent physical harm
- A person recklessly causes physical harm to a family or household member
- A person knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family or household member
Domestic violence is treated very seriously by the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court as well as the Cleveland and suburban municipal courts. The severity of the penalties you face should prompt you to seek immediate legal advice.