Every Wednesday morning, the Ann Arbor 15th
District Court has a full, busy docket solely dedicated to Domestic
Every Thursday afternoon, the Chelsea 14a3 District Court has
a full, busy docket solely dedicated to Domestic Violence cases.
Every Thursday morning, the Ypsilanti 14a2 District Court has
a full, busy docket solely dedicated to Domestic Violence Cases.
See a pattern here?
Washtenaw County courts are busy with tons of Domestic
Violence cases every day. Finding yourself charged with one can be intense, scary,
and overwhelming. Especially when charged with a specialized Domestic Violence
docket, where it can feel like the deck is stacked against you—even from the
first time you appear in court. In most cases, for example, the accused is
ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, even if it’s a
first-offense allegation and even if the victim wants to have contact. This
stay-away order can last during the whole case--often for weeks or even months.
In Michigan, a charge of Domestic Violence is a charge of
Assault and/or Assault and Battery—if committed against a spouse, significant
other, co-habitant etc. Say a person gets into a bar fight in Ann Arbor, he may
be charged with “standard” Assault and Battery and his case will end up on a
“normal” docket. If that same person allegedly pushes or hits his girlfriend,
he’ll be charged with Domestic Violence and his case will be the “special”
docket. How is the docket “special?” Not in a favorable way. There is more
scrutiny, personnel, pre-trial testing/monitoring, severe bond conditions, and resources
dedicated by the police, prosecutors and probation departments.
Dan Geherin, owner of the Geherin Law Group PLLC
(GLGMichigan) in Ann Arbor, has both prosecuted and defended domestic violence
cases in his 22+year career. As a former prosecutor, Dan prosecuted emotionally-charged
domestic violence cases from start to finish. As a board-certified criminal
defense attorney, Dan has defended thousands of Domestic Violence allegations, from
serious injury allegations such as Strangulation, to “lower-level” (yet
serious) allegations such as grabbing, or threatening, or pushing a loved one. Dan
has a long, verifiable track record of success defending Domestic Violence
allegations, both in terms of trial victories, voluntary dismissals and
Every day, Dan answers calls from people facing allegations
of Domestic Violence. Many ask these same questions:
“What is Domestic Violence? What must be proven?”
“Is Domestic Violence a misdemeanor, or felony?”
“How do I prove my innocence if I didn’t commit this offense”
“Will I go to jail/prison if I’m guilty of Domestic Violence?”
“If my spouse wants the charges dismissed, will the whole
criminal charge simply go away?”
Domestic Violence charges are brought by the State, City or
Township Prosecutor—not by the individual complainant/alleged victim. Charges
range from a 93-day maximum misdemeanor offense to a 4-year maximum felony
offense. What typically explains the wide difference in charges? Two factors: Degree
of Injury and Prior Domestic Violence conviction(s) (if applicable).
Unfortunately, these charges are occasionally imposed by a
disgruntled lover or angry spouse aiming to get advantage in a divorce/custody
fight. Likewise, people are often arrested for Domestic Violence when in reality
the complainant/alleged victim does not want or request prosecution.
For people facing these reputation-altering allegations, the
best option is to consult with an experienced, aggressive, intelligent criminal
defense attorney with a history of successfully defending these allegations. For
people who are guilty, they may need the skilled hand of an attorney to
negotiate a favorable outcome short of a conviction and/or long-term
incarceration. Whether guilty or innocent, those faced with the scary prospect
of a Domestic Violence charge need a dedicated, experienced, and aggressive
criminal defense attorney such as Dan Geherin and his team at GLGMichigan.
If you’re charged with Domestic Violence in Ann Arbor (or
throughout Washtenaw County), please contact Dan Geherin and his firm, GLG
Michigan, immediately. We’re available 24/7. We’ll help put you at ease, form a
plan to handle your case, and fight aggressively to restore your reputation and
protect your freedom.
Schedule online at glgmichigan.com or call (734) 263-2780.
Michigan: Defending Domestic Violence allegations throughout Ann Arbor,
Washtenaw County and Southeastern Michigan.