Domestic Assault Attorney
If you or someone you love has been accused of a domestic violence crime, there is help. Robert L. Sepp is your local domestic assault attorney. He has vast experience in handling serious domestic violence and domestic assault cases including those involving:
- Spousal abuse (assaults)
- Child abuse
- Criminal mistreatment
- Restraining orders
- Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA)
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be summarized in the law’s eyes as physical violence, a threat of violence or abuse that occurs in the following relationships:
- Married couples (can be referred to as spousal abuse)
- Couples living together
- People who have a child or children in common
- People in a dating relationship or who were in a former dating relationship
- People who were formerly married to each other
- People who have had sex with one another
Domestic violence charges cover a wide variety of abuse, including spousal abuse and child endangerment. Any threat or threatening or violent act – even if the accused did not intend to harm or compromise the safety and security of the victim – could be grounds for prosecution under Oregon’s domestic violence saws.
Domestic violence cases are treated differently than other criminal cases. In many cases, there are specially designated prosecutors who are experienced and readily prosecute anyone charged with domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Suspects
Just being accused of domestic violence can have far-reaching effects on everyone’s lives. Domestic violence charges and convictions can bar you from employment with some companies, tarnish your reputation and change the way family, friends, and colleagues perceive you.
Your Local Domestic Assault Attorney
In Oregon, prosecutors are specially trained to convict domestic violence defendants and understand the legal issues involved in prosecuting cases against people accused of domestic violence. Even if the complainant and alleged abuser reconcile, the state will often proceed with filing charges and going to trial, despite the wishes of the complainant.
Penalties in Oregon for domestic violence can include large fines, probation, significant jail time and possibly mandatory prison. You can become subject to parenting, batterer intervention and/or anger management classes. You will be removed from your home via a no-contact order with the victim and the victim’s family. In most domestic violence cases, that is your family as well.
Penalties vary depending on whether the crime is considered a misdemeanor or felony and whether this is a first, second or subsequent offense. To find out more about the specific circumstances that can lead to assault charges, contact your local domestic violence attorney Sepp today. He offers free initial consultations for qualifying cases.
Located in West Linn, Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law is proud to represent clients in the Portland metro area, Willamette Valley, Oregon Coast, Bend, Medford, Eugene and throughout the entire state of Oregon.