Domestic violence, or domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship like marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation. It is not limited to obvious physical violence but also endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.
Since many victims are not actually married to the abuser, but rather cohabiting or in other arrangements., abuse can take other forms than physical abuse. Other forms of abuse may be constantly occurring, while physical abuse happens occasionally. Males as well as females are victims of domestic violence. These other forms of abuse have the potential to lead to mental illness, self-harm, and even attempts at suicide.
Probable Penalties & Consequences
Jail time: 12 – 60 days.
Fines, Pay hospital bills, Work programs, Batterers’ counseling + fees, Probation supervision.
If Arrested or Jailed
Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.
If Contacted by the Police
First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.
Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.