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Birmingham Domestic Violence Lawyer

Serving Jefferson County, Walker County & Alabama

Domestic violence is a very serious charge, but that doesn’t mean that there is not a defense available. You need an experienced attorney who is both willing and able to devote their time and resources to help you defend your rights. If you or a loved one are facing domestic violence charges in Alabama, it is time to seek out legal counsel.

Attorney Forrester is proud of his experience in domestic violence law. Mr. Forrester has a wealth of experience and knowledge at his disposal, and he will levy every bit of that to help ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your domestic case. Your rights are important – we work hard for YOU and your rights!

Domestic Violence Attorney

Prosecutors and law enforcement officers seek to aggressively follow any allegations of domestic abuse or violence. It’s important to understand that physical injury or harm to the victim is not necessary to be convicted. It should be noted that criminal domestic violence cases do tend to emphasize physical harm while civil cases tend to emphasize mental and/or emotional harm instead. These are not absolute rules, of course, and it is entirely possible that for a civil or criminal case to involve both physical as well as mental or emotional harm. The state of Alabama has given prosecutors and law enforcement officers quite a bit of latitude when it comes to the determination of what qualifies as domestic violence and when domestic violence has occurred.

This can include any of the following:

  • Biting
  • Brandishing Weapons
  • Excessive Screaming or Yelling
  • Hair Pulling
  • Harassment
  • Hitting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Slapping
  • The Intimidation of Dependents
  • Thrown Projectiles or Objects
  • Willful Deprivation or Interference with Personal Liberties

The above is not an exhaustive list, but rather a guideline to help you determine the scope of the actions and behaviors from which domestic violence charges can stem.

Domestic Violence Penalties

There are a wide variety of behaviors that can lead to domestic abuse or violence charges. These charges can also lead to quite a few different penalties, and the exact punishment in question depends largely upon the specifics of your case. Your existing criminal record can also impact your case and help determine exactly how the charges against you are classified by the state.

Some other factors may include:

  • Involving a Child
  • Sexual Assault
  • Using a Firearm

Having a prior conviction for domestic battery can also result in domestic violence charges being charged as felony rather than a misdemeanor. Should you be convicted of felony charges, you could face up to three years in prison (not jail) and fines.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need the help of an experienced attorney as quickly as possible.

Contact A Domestic Violence Attorney 

If you are facing charges, whether they are for misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charges, you need a skilled attorney to help represent you. Learn more about your rights and options by contacting Forrester Law, LLC, at 205-521-0011 for a free consultation. Based in Birmingham, the firm also maintains an office in Jasper. Mr. Forrester handles legal matters throughout Jefferson County and the surrounding areas.