Wisconsin has strict domestic abuse laws designed to provide strong protections for all residents. You should expect officers to take all domestic abuse calls seriously and respond aggressively. It is not at all unreasonable to expect to be arrested on domestic abuse charges.
The State of Wisconsin defines domestic abuse as intentionally injuring or attempting to intentionally injure a family or household member. That includes:
Under the law, you could face domestic abuse charges and be arrested even if you do not make physical contact with the victim. Any of the following could result in domestic abuse charges being filed:
Wisconsin State Statute 968.075(2) specifies that a police officer who is responding to a domestic abuse call must have probable cause that you are committing or have committed a domestic abuse offense in order to make an arrest.
Probable cause is much more than just a suspicion. There must be evidence to suggest that the abuse probably did occur and that it affected the safety of others around you. Still, probable cause alone is not enough to make an arrest. In addition, at least one of the following criteria must also be apparent:
We frequently receive questions about the “predominant aggressor,” especially in situations where the alleged victim and the alleged abuser are both causing injury to the other. Under the law, the predominant aggressor is the person who is causing or has caused the most significant harm. This person does not have to be the one who initiated the altercation. It is possible that the other person acted first and even threw a punch, but if the alleged abuser retaliated with substantially more violence or a threat of violence, he/she would be considered the predominant aggressor, and law enforcement officers would be required to make an arrest on domestic abuse charges.
Since arrests can be made based on who is the predominant aggressor, police officers have to be very sure that the accused is indeed the predominant aggressor. They use several criteria to make this determination, including, but not limited to:
A charge of domestic abuse should never be taken lightly. A conviction will upend your life and make it much harder for you to obtain employment, see your kids, and even find housing in the future. If you have been accused of domestic abuse, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side, defending your rights, presenting the facts, and being your strongest advocate. Trust your defense to the team at Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison. We have over 35 years of experience handling criminal defense cases in Wisconsin and offer free consultations so you can determine if we are a good fit for your situation.
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