Our law firm represents both men and women in domestic violence matters. With many years of experience handling sensitive issues such as these, our attorneys are always mindful of the collateral damage these matters could cause. Children, livelihoods and careers, marriages and homes can all be affected, no matter how the case is resolved.
At Smart, Donohue & NeJame, P.C., we help clients who are facing domestic violence charges or who find themselves threatened by domestic violence. These charges are particularly complex because law enforcement is trained to defuse violent situations by making arrests that often result in a next-day court appearance.
Representing Clients in All Aspects of Domestic Violence Charges
Typically, an arrest for domestic violence will result in a first court appearance within 24 hours of the arrest. Often, the prosecution and victim will ask that the court issue a protective order while the case is pending. The protective order can result in immediate removal from your home and limit contact with your spouse, significant other, child or others.
There is a very brief and limited opportunity to address the court on the issue of a protective order, so effective representation by experienced counsel can be crucial.
In cases involving domestic violence or the threat thereof where no arrest has been made, an injured family or household member may request that the court enter a restraining order, which would limit or even prohibit contact with another family member. Restraining orders accompanied by an appropriate affidavit are frequently granted by the court on a temporary, emergency basis until the opportunity for a full hearing on all evidence can be conducted.
At Smart, Donohue & NeJame, P.C., our lawyers represent both alleged victims and offenders in domestic violence proceedings and we are thoroughly committed to protecting our clients.