Experienced Utah Attorney Defends Individuals Against Domestic Violence Accusations
Skilled criminal defense lawyer represents Salt Lake City clients
Accusations of domestic violence can be life-altering, resulting in serious criminal penalties and social isolation. At the Law Office of W Mathew Schiffgen, my goal is to help people in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Utah achieve the best possible outcomes for their cases. I am prepared to provide a strong legal response to the criminal charges brought against you. As a client-focused advocate, I will work to ensure that your rights are respected and that you are afforded the protections owed to you under the law. To build your defense, I will examine police reports and may also conduct independent investigations into the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
Dedicated Utah counselor handles all types of domestic violence charges
Domestic violence charges may be brought for an act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the accused had an intimate relationship. This means that spouses, domestic partners, parents, step-parents, roommates or anyone living in the same household may be accused of domestic violence crimes.
The following acts can be considered domestic violence:
- Actual or threatened physical harm
- Criminal harassment, such as threatening letters or phone calls
- Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking or biting
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
At the Law Office of W Mathew Schiffgen, I defend clients facing these serious accusations and work to make sure that your side of the story is told and understood.
Knowledgeable lawyer asserts your rights and legal protections
When charges are filed against you, I can guide you through the steps to protect yourself and keep your situation from getting worse. My strategy is aimed to help you avoid the most serious consequences that can follow a domestic violence charge, which may include:
- Prison sentence
- Permanent restraining order
- Inability to return to your house
- Inability to see your children
- Difficulty finding or keeping a job
- Difficulty finding or keeping an apartment
- Mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program
- Inability to possess firearms
- If an immigrant, loss of immigrant privileges
If you have received a civil domestic violence order (sometimes known as a protective order, restraining order or injunction), I can help you contest it in court. However, it is crucial that you follow all aspects of the order until a judge allows you to do otherwise.
Contact an established Utah criminal defense lawyer for help with your domestic violence charge
At the Law Office of W Mathew Schiffgen in Salt Lake City, I stand prepared to take on even the most challenging cases involving accusations of domestic violence. Call 801-657-5419 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my office.