Attorney Paul Key
Over 20 Years of Experience

Family Violence

Family Violence cases are essentially assault cases. The only difference is that there are some additional penalties if you are convicted of assaulting a "family member." The definition of family member includes boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, roommate, and sibling. It's ridiculous, but I've seen cases where two brothers got into a fight, the cop somehow thought he knew who was at fault, the DA files the case, and one brother is suddenly running the risk of being labeled a "wife beater" because he did what siblings often do. Equally absurd are the many cases I've seen where roommates get into a fight over something. Cops and DA's don't seem to understand the concept that not every fight needs to be a criminal case. Luckily, though, there are many judges and even more juries that do.