Michigan Domestic Abuse Attorneys

     It’s no secret that domestic abuse is prevalent in our society. However, there are legal remedies available. The procedures discussed below are often the first step in the divorce process. The manner in which the abuse is pursued often sets the tone for future litigation. If you have been been the victim of domestic violence, or stand accused of committing an act of abuse upon a family member, The Cutler Law Firm can help. 

Domestic Abuse

    Michigan statutes define “domestic abuse” as:
  • Physical harm or fear inflicted by a family member; or
  • Criminal sexual conduct committed by a family member. 
    A “family member” is rather broadly defined to include spouses, children, relatives living in your home, cohabitants and parties with a child in common.

Domestic Abuse Act

     Should an act of domestic abuse occur, the victim may seek relief under the Michigan Domestic Abuse Act and obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO).  A petition may be made on behalf of a minor by a guardian or other reputable adult over the age of 25. If there is a threat of immediate and present danger of domestic abuse, a court will grant a temporary order for protection. 
     Once a temporary order is granted, a full hearing on the petition for the order of protection takes place. The alleged abuser is entitled to an evidentiary hearing to prove that acts of domestic abuse did not occur. 

Violations

Violation of the PPO is a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to 90 days, a fine up to $1,000, or both. Police officers may arrest offenders and take them into custody. The violation also constitutes contempt of court. Repeated violations can result in a felony conviction with long-term imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
   If you would like to have a consultation with an experienced Attorney, kindly contact The Cutler Law Firm at 248-489-8780 or complete THE CONTACT FORM and an Attorney will promptly respond to your inquiry.
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