Defense for Domestic Violence Charges in Nampa
Arrested for Domestic Violence? Gulstrom & Govia PC Can Help.
Domestic violence allegations in Idaho are taken very seriously by law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, judges, and legislators. As such, proceedings typically favor the alleged victim. It is in these situations that having a competent lawyer can make all the difference.
You may face a restraining order that could jeopardize your ability to see your family. You may be forced to move out of your home. You may face imprisonment and heavy fines. Only an attorney will the skill to handle every aspect of your case will be able to help you avoid these serious consequences.
A Nampa domestic violence lawyer at Gulstrom & Govia PC can offer you the representation you need in court proceedings and all issues related to your case.
We abide by a strict code of ethics and professionalism when it comes to domestic violence cases, by:
- Aggressively advocating for our clients
- Creating strategies tailored toward your unique objective
- Offering affordable services
- Providing knowledgeable representation
Accused of domestic violence? Protect your interests – call (208) 502-5006 for a free case evaluation.
Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
A domestic violence conviction or even allegations of this crime may have a significant impact on all areas of your life:
- You may be forced to move out of your home.
- Your child custody or visitation rights may be suspended.
- You may lose the ability to own a firearm.
- You may be required to remain a certain distance from the alleged victim.
- You may face deportation if you are a permanent resident, temporary visa holder, or illegal immigrant.
- You may face misdemeanor or felony charges.
- You may face imprisonment, fines, and other penalties.
- You may face living life with a criminal record that influences employment, financial, and housing opportunities.
Domestic Violence Penalties in Idaho
Depending on the circumstances of the domestic violence case, you could face felony or misdemeanor charges. For example, if you commit a battery that inflicts a traumatic injury on a household member, you can be charged with a felony which can result in a $10,000 fine and ten years in prison. For an injury to be considered traumatic, the physical force simply needs to cause a wound or injury. It does not need to be considered serious.
If there is no traumatic injury, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. A first conviction of misdemeanor domestic assault or battery can be punishable by:
- 6 months in jail
- $1,000 fine
Prior convictions for domestic violence in Idaho can invoke more serious penalties such as:
- Up to one year in jail
- $2,000 maximum fine
If you have had two prior convictions in the past 15 years you could face the following penalties:
- Five years in state prison
- $5,000 fine
Other circumstances that can cause your penalties to be more severe include if the battery is committed in the presence of a child (16 years or younger). In this case, the maximum penalties can be doubled.
For an aggressive defense and to be treated with the respect you deserve, contact a Nampa domestic violence defense attorney at (208) 502-5006.