Domestic Violence Attorneys Serving Southern Louisiana
Covington and Metairie law firm protects spouses’ rights in criminal proceedings
It can be difficult to resolve familial issues when violent acts disrupt your life. Whether you are a victim or have been accused of perpetrating a violent act, the lawyers at Michael D. Conroy, PLC in Covington and Metairie can help build a case that protects you and advocates for a fair and just resolution.
The most serious crime in this area is domestic-abuse battery, which involves the intentional use of force or violence. A victim of this crime might be anyone of the opposite sex who lived with the defendant as a spouse or domestic partner at the time or within five years of the battery, or any child of the defendant, regardless of where that child lives.
A defendant convicted of domestic-abuse battery faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the first offense. The penalties may increase for repeat offenders and a defendant may be sentenced to up to three years in jail if the offense involves strangulation.
Crimes often related to domestic violence include:
- Stalking — intentionally following and harassing another person in a way that would cause a reasonable person to feel alarmed or to suffer emotional distress
- Cyberstalking — threatening, terrifying or harassing someone by email or other form of electronic communication
- Child sexual abuse — sexual contact with someone who is less than 17 years old and more than four years younger than the defendant.
Each of these offenses carries criminal penalties that are based on the degree and the number of prior commissions.
Pursuing or defending against protective orders
A court may grant a temporary protective order to a person who alleges domestic violence if it finds that there is an immediate danger of abuse. The order may require the defendant to vacate the marital home and may also grant temporary child custody to the complaining party. The court must schedule a hearing within 21 days, after which a final protective order may be entered. It may, among other provisions, require the either party or both to undergo an evaluation by a domestic abuse expert, counseling and medical treatment.
The final order may last no more than 18 months, but may be extended after a further hearing. Violating a protective order is a crime for which the defendant may be sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Harsher penalties may be imposed if the violation includes violence against the person protected by the order.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, our family lawyers will take all appropriate measures, including:
- Advocating for a court order for the accused to vacate your shared premises
- Filing and advocating for a restraining order
- Seeking revocation of the accused’s firearms privileges
- Negotiating for child custody if necessary
- Advocating for compensation
If you are defending against a protective order or have had one imposed, we will advocate diligently for your parental rights and oppose restrictions that are unnecessary and unfair.
Contact a lawyer you can trust
A dispute involving allegations of domestic violence can have a critical effect on your life, so make sure you have skilled, knowledgeable representation. Call Michael D. Conroy, PLC at 985-606-3885 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Covington or Metairie office.