In Nebraska, arrest is required when police respond to a domestic violence call.
Even if a neighbor reports the incident and the argument is over when the police arrive, law enforcement policy is to keep the peace arrest someone.
They must arrest even if the reporting party recants their allegations or otherwise refuses to cooperate if there is evidence of injury.
If you are arrested and falsely accused of domestic violence, you need a domestic violence defense attorney to aggressively defend your case.
Domestic Assault is a Class I misdemeanor carrying up to 1 year in jail and $1,000 fine. Even though it is a misdemeanor charge, a conviction has a collateral consequence making it illegal to possess firearms.
Many domestic assault cases are reduced or dismissed through negotiations. Due to the “must arrest” policy of police, many innocent people are arrested and charges get dismissed.
Douglas County, Nebraska Population & Crime Data
According to the United States Census Bureau, Douglas County’s population is more than 550,000 as of 2018. The Nebraska Crime Commission also reports that there were 3,079 violent criminal offenses in Douglas County during 2018. According to this population and crime data, less than 1% of Douglas County residents perpetrate (or victims report) violent crimes, including domestic violence.
Knowing this information, our domestic violence defense attorneys can help you build a strong defense for your case in Douglas County, Nebraska.
Criminal defense attorney Tom Petersen fights for you, utilizing more than 24 years of experience representing clients in Douglas County, including the following cities:
- Boys Town
Facing criminal charges alone is not easy, and a single charge puts your future at risk. It is a frightening experience and navigating the criminal justice system is intimidating. Petersen Law Office defends clients every step of the way.
Five Types of Domestic Violence
The United States government defines five types of domestic violence or abuse directed at vulnerable groups in a household. Knowing the definition of each type helps build your defense case.
This type of abuse involves any type of aggressive physical contact or restricting the physical freedom of another person. It includes hitting, grabbing, slapping, biting, pushing, and hair pulling. It can also include forced ingestion of drugs/alcohol or denying someone medical treatment for an injury.
This type involves coerced or attempted sexual contact with another person without their consent. It includes forced sex after physical violence, marital rape, grabbing or attacking sexual parts of the body, or treating someone with sexually demeaning behavior.
This abuse occurs when someone attacks or undermines another person’s self-esteem or self-worth. It includes criticism, name-calling, diminishing another person’s abilities, or damaging a person’s relationship with their children.
This type occurs when an individual intimidates, threatens, or isolates another person. It includes causing fear, threatening physical harm, destroying property, abusing pets, and forcing other family members to be isolated from family, friends, school, or work.
This type of abuse happens when an individual tries to control another financially. They do this by maintaining unwarranted control over another person’s finances. It includes forbidding employment or school attendance and withholding an individual’s access to money.
Knowing these types of abuse helps build a defense case in your favor. At Petersen Law Office, our domestic violence defense attorneys believe you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Why Engage Us?
Since 1995, Petersen Law Office has represented over 6,000 criminal defendants. Tom Petersen began his legal training and career in 1991 at Creighton University’s School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. At Petersen Law Office, Tom specializes in state and federal criminal defense as well as DUI litigation.
Petersen Law Office believes that every case involves unique facts and circumstances. We evaluate all relevant information for your case and provide you with guidance, including the likely outcome. Our domestic violence defense attorneys will work hard to preserve your innocence and prevent a conviction.
Contact a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Today
If you are charged with domestic violence in Douglas County, Nebraska, it is essential to consult with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney. Call Petersen Law Office by phone at 402-509-8070 or contact us online right away to discuss your defense case.