Vancouver Domestic Violence Attorney

Understanding Lawyer Defending Vancouver Residents Accused of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence differs from simple assault in that the consequences are more severe due to the close relationship of those involved. You can be charged with domestic abuse if you commit a violent act against any person who is considered a family or household member. Because of the serious nature of these charges, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney whether you are guilty or falsely accused.

Mandatory Arrest

Police officers who respond to domestic disputes are required by law to arrest any person they suspect has committed an act of violence against a household member within the last four hours. They must have probable cause, which is very vague and is a notorious legal gray area. Furthermore, even if the authorities believe multiple parties committed abuse, they are only required to arrest the person they believe is the primary aggressor. This is why it is extremely risky to let domestic issues escalate to the point of police involvement.

Don’t Let Accusations Ruin Your Life

Even just being accused of domestic violence can become a stain on your personal and professional reputation. Mr. Mayhew believes everyone, regardless of what they have done in a heated moment, deserves the right to a fair and just process. He can help you tell your side of the story and set the record straight. There’s no reason your employment and other relationships should suffer simply because of an accusation.

Attorney James Mayhew understands we all make mistakes. If you have been accused of committing an act of domestic violence, we’re here to ensure your rights are protected through this difficult process. Contact our Vancouver office today at (360) 699-6317 to schedule a free consultation.