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Johnson County Felony Domestic Violence Lawyer

Sometimes a heated argument spirals out of control, resulting in allegations of domestic violence. Perhaps this isn't the first time such charges have been brought. Even if a fight was not your fault, after the police arrive at the scene, a disagreement can end in authorities hauling you out in handcuffs.

Whatever your situation, attorney Jerry Merrill can help. Mr. Merrill helps good people sort out serious criminal situations that stem from bad relationships and bad situations. From his office in Overland Park, he represents clients accused of domestic violence, including felony domestic violence, throughout the Kansas City metro area.

Do not let a bad fight or a bad relationship ruin your future forever. Jerry Merrill's experience defending domestic violence cases and his outstanding reputation can be a pivotal factor in turning a domestic violence charge around.

Repeat Domestic Battery Charges Are Felonies

Kansas statutes define domestic battery as intentionally causing bodily harm to a family member or a member of the household, or as engaging in any rude, insulting or angry physical contact. Domestic battery incidents become felonies when a person has a history of prior offenses or when serious violence or injury is alleged to have taken place. A third conviction for a domestic violence crime within five years is also a felony charge.

Felony Domestic Violence Carries More Than Criminal Penalties

In addition to the direct penalties — fines, jail time, a criminal record — there are indirect consequences of being convicted of felony domestic violence. These collateral consequences can hinder your ability to find or keep employment, obtain or maintain professional licenses, own a firearm and obtain security clearances. A conviction could also compromise your parental rights.

With so much at stake, you need an experienced attorney to review all of your priors and build a case challenging sentencing decisions. As your lawyer, Jerry Merrill will aggressively investigate the police reports and witness accounts. He will look for inconsistencies in witness testimony and other evidence that can be used to minimize the consequences you face.

Put An Experienced Trial Lawyer On Your Side

Jerry Merrill maintains a reputation for providing the strong criminal defense clients need to protect their rights and futures. Contact Jerry online or call 913-815-0705 to schedule a free initial consultation today.

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