Michigan Domestic Violence - What the 'Victim' is Hearing

undefinedMichigan Domestic Violence - While Your Case is Pending - 'Victims Rights' is Recommending...

As a Michigan Domestic Violence Defense Attorney I am well aware of the Michigan Criminal Justice System, as well as the Victim's Rights Advocac y. Each of these can impact your life both now and in the future. The Victim's Rights Advocacy(CVA) is a program employed by the Government to help alleged victims of Michigan Domestic Violence (and Aggravated Domestic Violence) assert their rights and have their opinions heard, under the Michigan Crime Victim's Rights, Act. Here are some of things that an alleged Michigan Domestic Violence victim is hearing: 1) An overview of the Criminal Justice System - and what they can expect to happen with:
  • Arraignment;
  • Preliminary Examination Conference;
  • Preliminary Examination Hearing;
  • Pretrial;
  • Trial;
  • Sentencing;
  • What Plea Bargains the Court will Entertain (accept), etc.
2) That, as the victim of a Michigan Domestic Violence crime, they may be entitled to receive compensation through the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. 3) CVA provides emotional support, intervention, case status information, consultation with the Prosecuting Attorney, and they will go to court with the alleged victim as you face charges there. 4) They are made aware that they have the absolute ' right' to talk with the Prosecuting Attorney before any Plea Deal is entered into concerning your case. The Prosecutor's office is obligated to consult with the complainant and ascertain what they feel should happen to you. 5) They learn that they have certain 'rights' upon request:
  • The right to notification, and to attend any Court Hearing in your case
  • The right to consult with Prosecuting Attorney before Jury Selection
  • The right to express their desires where sentencing is concerned
  • The right to make an oral statement to the Probation Officer in your case, before they make their sentencing recommendations to the Court
  • The right to designate someone (over the age of 18) to speak for them at your Sentencing, if they so choose
When you are facing a Michigan Domestic Violence, or Aggravated Domestic Violence charge, there is a lot of power in the hands of your accuser. But remember this, this is your case, your life, your future, and you have rights as well:
  • The right to be presumed innocent (every element of your case must be proven beyond any and all reasonable doubt
  • The right to a Trial by Judge, or a Jury of your peers (where the Prosecutor carries the burden of proof)
  • The right to be heard and to tell your story
  • OR The right to remain silent, without it being held against you
Putting these priceless rights to work for you, and to your greatest advantage, requires an attorney who knows Michigan Domestic Violence Law, an attorney with knowledge, honor, skill, caring, and most crucially... a strong work ethic. If you are facing a Michigan Domestic Violence, or Aggravated Domestic Violence charge, you face up to 93 days in jail, up to a $500.00 fine, and permanent damage to your reputation. But, if handled right, it can have minimal impact. Let us help you! Call the law office of Brian J. Prain, at (248) 731-4543 for a free (priceless) Michigan Domestic Violence consultation. No time to talk at the moment? Complete the form below and we'll be glad to answer your questions.
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