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Domestic Violence charges are some of the most prevalent charges. The defense issues generally involve: Who was present?, what proof is there the assault occurred?, Were there pictures?, What does the victim desire now? Often times the victim does not want the defendant to be charged. This is a big consideration in plea bargaining. In Utah there is a privilege for spouses of Defendant which provides that a spouse cannot be forced to testify against the other spouse. This may lead to lack of evidence to prosecute. There also may be defense issues if just two people were present. Prosecution has the obligation to prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Such proof becomes difficult with just two witnesses. The best advise is to not speak with police and to call a family attorney to protect your rights.

Domestic violence is a serious matter that often affects even more people than the parties involved.  Make an appointment today to ensure that the issue is resolved quickly and in your favor.

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