Understanding What's At Stake Regarding Domestic Violence Matters
The state of Delaware has a vested interest in keeping its citizens safe, especially children. For this reason, our domestic violence laws are very serious. When family members fight and the police are called, someone usually goes away in handcuffs, and that is just the beginning. Your reputation is harmed, your job may be in jeopardy, you are not allowed to return to your home or to have easy access to your children. It then gets worse as the state seeks incarceration for you.
You Cannot Unring The Bell
To the state, these events are black and white, and you are to blame. But family dynamics are more complex than that. Some people call the police, and they are surprised to learn they can't drop the charges — the case is in the hands of the state, no matter what harm it causes the family. Other people, claiming to be victims of family violence, use the law to show spite, or to obtain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody hearing.
As an extension of its family law services, the law firm of Poole, Mensinger, Cutrona & Ellsworth-Aults, is committed to providing quality defense to individuals charged with family violence in Wilmington and New Castle County.
The First Offenders Program
Our approach is to minimize the harm that is being done with overly harsh spousal harassment statutes. When we are unable to have the charges dismissed for lack of evidence or improper police procedure, we seek an outcome that the individual can live with: enrollment in a first offenders program, allowing probation before judgment. As long as you are not arrested for another offense, you will be able to stay out of jail.
True domestic violence is unacceptable behavior in any home. But great injustice is often done in the name of protecting families. At Poole, Mensinger, Cutrona & Ellsworth-Aults, our attorneys seek to protect every family member from harm.