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Montgomery County Domestic Violence Attorneys

Experienced Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges in Pennsylvania

If you have been charged with domestic violence in Pennsylvania, it is essential to take immediate action. The sooner you talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the better chance you have of avoiding the consequences of a conviction.

At Solomon, Berschler, Campbell & Thomas, P.C., we have more than 40 years of experience defending clients against domestic violence and other criminal charges. Our knowledgeable and skilled defense lawyers are skilled negotiators and strong trial advocates. We have the resources and track record of success to help you mount an effective defense.

Call Solomon, Berschler, Campbell & Thomas, P.C. today at (610) 624-2006 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence attorney in Montgomery County!

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence in Pennsylvania is defined as an act of violence against a family or household member, romantic partners, or people who share a child. Although domestic violence is not a specific crime in the state, violent crimes or sex crimes involving domestic violence are punishable by enhanced penalties.

According to Pennsylvania law, law enforcement officials may arrest a person without a warrant if the officer has probable cause that the following crimes against a current or former spouse/romantic partner, a person he/she shares a child with, or a relative by blood or marriage:

  • Simple assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Stalking
  • Terroristic threats
  • Involuntary manslaughter

Not only can an arrest result in surrendering firearms and weapons to the police, but a defendant may be subject to a protective or restraining order. Violation of such orders can result in separate criminal penalties.

When police are called to the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident, they are likely to make an arrest. Even if the accuser tries to "take it back," law enforcement officials will not stop pursuing a conviction. Only state prosecutors can file criminal charges or drop the case following an arrest.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has established stringent penalties for individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses. If you are facing domestic violence charges in Montgomery County, it is crucial to understand the potential consequences. The penalties for domestic violence may include:

  • Criminal Charges: Domestic violence charges can result in fines and incarceration, with severity determined by factors such as the nature of the offense and prior criminal history.
  • Protective Orders: The court may issue restraining orders to safeguard victims, restricting contact between the accused and the victim.
  • Counseling and Treatment: In addition to legal consequences, individuals may be required to undergo counseling or treatment programs to address the underlying issues contributing to the abusive behavior.
  • Custody and Visitation Impact: For those in custody disputes, domestic violence convictions can significantly affect custody and visitation arrangements.
  • Firearm Restrictions: Convictions may lead to restrictions or prohibition of firearm possession, adhering to federal and state laws.

Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges

Facing domestic violence charges necessitates exploring viable defenses to protect one's rights. Our experienced attorneys can employ various defense strategies, including:

  • False Accusations: Thoroughly investigating allegations to uncover inconsistencies or evidence refuting the charges.
  • Self-defense: Evaluating cases where the accused acted in self-defense or defense of others.
  • Lack of Evidence: Scrutinize the evidence presented and challenge any weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
  • Violation of Rights: Ensuring clients' constitutional rights are protected, challenging any procedural or substantive violations.

Contact Our Montgomery County Domestic Violence Attorney Today

At Solomon, Berschler, Campbell & Thomas, P.C., our team is committed to advocating for the rights of individuals facing domestic violence allegations. We understand the importance of a strategic and thorough defense tailored to the unique circumstances of each case. If you need a Montgomery County domestic violence lawyer, contact us today for a confidential consultation.

Contact Solomon, Berschler, Campbell & Thomas, P.C. today to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence lawyer in Montgomery County!

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