Domestic violence is a serious crime that can have enhanced penalties, depending on the circumstances. In the state of Utah, domestic battery cases are charged as assault D.V. offenses. These charges are more serious than simple assault and result in more severe penalties, including potential incarceration as well as restrictions on gun possession rights, which could affect employment and security clearances at military bases and even private property where security is an issue. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side.
At Utah Freedom Fighters, our criminal defense attorneys have the experience to effectively defend you and your rights. We will listen to your side of the story and strive to have charges reduced or dismissed by presenting evidence to the prosecution. Even when charges cannot be dismissed outright, reduced charges without a DV designation can still be negotiated to help you meet your objectives and reduce or eliminate penalties altogether.
The charge of assault D.V. can include domestic assault, domestic battery, sexual charges and violations of protective orders. The charge can range from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the circumstances, and the consequences that accompany a conviction can also vary.
These consequences may not only include jail time, probation and fines; they may also limit you from seeing your family, from handling weapons, from voting and from having as many opportunities for employment in the future. If a weapon, including but not limited to a firearm, is used in the act of domestic violence, charges may escalate.