Domestic violence cases can be particularly tricky. These cases often involve only two participants - the suspect and the alleged victim. Both individuals have a stake in the outcome of the case, so how can either one be trusted to give impartial testimony? This sets up a common "he said/she said" dilemma that puts defendants at an inherent disadvantage.
Moreover, the Missouri legislature didn't put much daylight between what constitutes a misdemeanor offense and what can be charged as a felony. Indeed, the burden on the prosecutor is nearly the same either way. In misdemeanor cases, they must prove that a defendant "knowingly caused offensive physical contact" to prove their misdemeanor cases. Compare that with the felony statute, which reads, "knowingly caused physical pain." Not much of a difference, right? However, this small difference can make life at least four times worse for the defendant.
That's why it's important to hire an attorney who appreciates these nuances and can help you make informed decisions each step of the way. Don't settle for a one-size-fits-all approach. Every case is different and deserves unique attention. Call us for a free consultation today.