St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose has 20 years of experience practicing law and limits his practice to criminal defense work in the St. Louis area, including charges of domestic violence.
Being convicted of a domestic violence charge in St. Louis can have long lasting effects on your ability to obtain employment, own a firearm, or even see your children. If you have been charged with the crime of assault against a family member, you must meet with a domestic violence defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
Domestic Violence in St. Louis
In St. Louis, domestic violence is classified as a specific type of assaultive behavior directed toward members of a person’s family or household, generally including: spouses, parents, romantic partners, and and someone with whom you have a child in common. The term domestic violence refers to several criminal acts when committed against any of the above-listed family members. You may face domestic violence penalties as a result of committing the crimes of:
- Causing, attempting to cause, or recklessly causing physical injury, physical pain, or illness
- With criminal negligence causing physical injury by means of a weapon
- Purposely placing someone in apprehension of immediate physical injury
- Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury
- Causing physical contact knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive
- Knowingly attempting to cause or causing the isolation of someone by unreasonable and substantially restricting or limiting his or her access to other persons, telecommunication devices, or transportation
It is important that you immediately hire a domestic violence defense attorney
Penalties for Domestic Violence
In St. Louis courts, the judge will be most concerned with ensuring the safety of the alleged victim. Depending upon the relationship of the parties, the judge may order a temporary or permanent no-contact order. If the complaining witness is the parent of your children, this could create problems for custody and visitation.
Individuals charged with domestic assault in St. Louis may face lengthy prison sentences, may be kept in custody awaiting trial, and may face life-altering consequences that affect their employment, visitation rights, and rights to own a firearm.
"Mr. Rose really helped me out with a difficult situation. He was great to work with and worked hard to get me a good outcome. B.I. Former Client
Call us Immediately for Help with Your Domestic Violence Charges
It is imperative that you retain an experienced domestic violence defense attorney who can work to protect your freedom and relationship with your family. If this is your first time facing criminal charges and your history is clear of other felonies and misdemeanors, your attorney may be able to obtain leniency for you as a first-time offender, which could result in a dismissal of the pending charges. Contact us today for a free consultation to begin defending your future.