Tell Your Side Of The Story When Domestic Violence Charges Arise

Domestic violence laws exist to help protect families when anger boils over, but sometimes those laws are unfairly applied. In Idaho and elsewhere, a bit of shouting between spouses or other family members can attract neighbors' attention, and the reality is that once the police are called in, it's almost inevitable that someone will get arrested and face criminal charges.

Patterson Law Offices, P.A., can help you tell your side of the story. Many disagreements seem scary to outsiders but never reach the point of violence. And when domestic violence does occur, we can help you seek reduced charges or a reduced sentence so you can maintain ties to your children and other family members, and keep up with other obligations such as your work.

A Sound Defense Strategy For Misdemeanor And Felony Charges

Patterson Law Offices, P.A., has worked with clients facing a wide range of domestic violence charges, including but not limited to:

  • Simple battery: The threshold for misdemeanor simple battery charges is quite low — all it takes is a push or a slap. If no witnesses are present, this kind of accusation can pit one partner's word against the other's.
  • Traumatic injury: Violence that leaves any visible mark — for instance a split lip or a slight bruise — is considered to cause a "traumatic injury." This is a felony and comes with a sentence of up to 10 years in a state penitentiary.
  • Attempted strangulation: Thanks to a 2005 law that made attempted strangulation a felony in Idaho, this has become a common accusation that transforms many misdemeanor simple battery situations into felony charges.
  • Injury to child: If children are present during an altercation, this can pose an additional danger to your family members and also add to the charges against a defendant.

Contact An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

George Patterson has provided qualified legal criminal defense representation for more than 25 years, and he's earned a reputation as a fair and honest attorney who advocates vigorously for his clients.

To see how Patterson Law Offices, P.A., can help in your case, contact us online or call us at 208-343-2240 and schedule a free initial consultation in our Boise office.