Domestic Violence Attorneys in Edwardsville, Illinois
When life is stressful, tempers can flare. When things get out of control and police are called in, one thing is inevitable: Somebody will be arrested, even if charges aren't pressed. That is only the beginning, because a charge of domestic battery can affect your visitation rights. It can sour relationships with family and friends. It can put your job in jeopardy and, if you're convicted, make it impossible for you to get a gun license. It can put you in jail. If an Order of Protection or restraining order is placed against you, it can even keep you from entering your own home.
If you've been arrested for domestic violence, you need an experienced lawyer immediately. Call the Edwardsville law office of Polinske & Associates, P.C. at 618-505-4213 (877-632-3089 toll-free). We are experienced criminal law attorneys with a proven track record of helping those charged with domestic assault.
Unfortunately, a false accusation of domestic battery is sometimes used as a weapon of revenge. It is critical to have an attorney on your side who can present your side of the story to the judge or jury, thereby clearing your name and your record. As your lawyers, we will seek evidence, look for corroboration and work to protect you from wrongful charges.
If You Have Been Accused, You Need to Act Quickly
Domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor that carries fines up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. If you are convicted of aggravated domestic battery, you could be fined up to $25,000 and spend up to three years in jail. What's more, even if your spouse or significant other changes her (or his) mind or chooses not to press charges, the state may still proceed with prosecution. You can't afford to wait to see what will happen. Call us and start protecting your rights.
What Are You Waiting For?
If you have been arrested for domestic battery and need skilled legal help from a veteran team of trial attorneys, contact us by e-mail or call us at 618-505-4213 (877-632-3089 toll-free). A free initial consultation is available when and where you need it.
May 2012 - Domestic Battery - Mr. Hampton was charged after his girlfriend alleged he had struck her and caused injuries to her arms. He denied the charge. We were able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charge completely.
May 2012 - Domestic Battery - Michel Thomas was charged after she allegedly battered another female. Despite the victim repeatedly appearing in court we were able to obtain a full dismissal of the charge
March 2012 - Madison County - Numerous Domestic Battery charges dismissed on the jury week. I obtained full dismissals for 9 of my clients charged with Domestic Battery by various law enforcement agencies. I am also assisting them with the expungement process.
January 2012 - Quite a busy month for Domestic Battery clients. We were able to successfully obtain full dismissal for five of our clients this week. Many times the facts underlying these cases are extremely weak. In one such case my client, a female, was battered by her husband and her friend. She slapped him in an attempt to get him to stop. She was charged despite overwhelming evidence against the "victim".
December 2011 - Two clients were arrested for Domestic Battery involving their spouses. We were able to obtain full dismissals of the charges against them after persuading the State that the clients were in fact the victims not the aggressors.
July 2011 - Our client was arrested for Aggravated Domestic Battery. His daughter and he had a verbal confrontation. She became upset and called the police. Upon their arrival all witnesses stated that our client had not physically assaulted any person at the scene. The daughter who called tried to tell the officer that she never claimed he had hit her. Despite that he was taken into custody, charged with the felony and remained in custody for a couple days until he could post bond. On a charge he never committed! We conducted a preliminary hearing and the State agreed to dismiss the charges after hearing testimony from the arresting officer.
April 2011 - The police arrested our client for Violation of an Order of Protection for allegedly contacting his ex-wife after she obtained an Order of Protection. The problem with the charge was that he was responding to her request that he contact her. We were able to prove this and obtained a dismissal of his charge.
April 2011 - My client was arrested by police for Domestic Battery after his intoxicated girlfriend showed at his residence at 1:00 a.m. He tried to get her to leave quietly as he needed to attend work early the next a.m. The State reluctantly dismissed the Domestic Battery charge after we collected many affidavits in support of his innocence. We also convinced a judge to dismiss the Order of Protection she had filed against him in connection with the incident.
March 2011- Our client had been charged with Domestic Battery after she attempted to discipline her 15 year old son. She adamantly denied ever physically touching him. The police ignored her statement of facts and arrested her. We obtained a full dismissal of the Domestic Battery charge.
March 2011 - Domestic Battery arrest. My client was falsely accused of battering his ex-girlfriend. We demanded a jury trial in the case. Ultimately we convinced the State that the complaining witness lacked credibility. The charge was dismissed.
February 2011 - Our client was attacked by his wife and he pushed her away to prevent her from striking him further. He was arrested with Domestic Battery. We easily convinced the State to dismiss charges against him. The wife was not arrested despite her participation in this event. We are now petitioning to expunge the arrest from his record.
January 2011 - Our client was charged for the third time with Domestic Battery to her boyfriend. She had always adamantly denied having ever struck him. However, she had a public defender for her first case and was forced into a plea of guilty. I was hired to represent her on her latest charges. We successfully argued for dismissal of the charges against her.
November 2010 - My client was charged with three domestic battery related charges for two separate instances. I was able to convince the State that the alleged victim, his girlfriend, was fabricating her claims against him. The charges were dismissed completely.
November 2010 - My client was accused of severely beating and causing lacerations to the face of his wife. There were three witnesses against the Defendant and some of his witnesses claimed that the event happened as told by the Defendant. However, we quickly learned that the spouse had made up the tale and was able to convince the other witnesses to lie for her. I was able to secure the witnesses' and wife's cooperation. My client was facing serious prison time. The prosecutor ultimately reduced the charge to misdemeanor battery and he received supervision for the offense. The case will be dismissed completely in one year.
September 2010 - The State was unable to produce a necessary witness to continue their prosecution for Domestic Battery against our client. The witness was cooperating with my office in our attempt to obtain a dismissal of the charge. We obtained a full dismissal.
September 2010 - Our client was alleged to have struck his girlfriend. Although he denied have ever struck her he was charged with Domestic Battery. We were able to convince the State that he did not commit the offense. His charge was dismissed.
September 2010 - Our client was charged with multiple Domestic Battery offenses against the same woman. He was adamant that he did not strike or injure her. The woman's mother was the catalyst for pursuing charges against my client. We obtained full dismissal of all the charges against him.
July 2010) - Our client was charged with a fairly strong charge of Domestic Battery against him for acts perpetrated against his live-in girlfriend. I was able to obtain the cooperation of the alleged victim and ultimately a dismissal was granted on the Domestic Battery charge.
Brian Polinske is the contributing author to this content.