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Sterling Heights Lawyer Assists Victims of Domestic Violence

Firm stands up for Michigan residents hurt by their partners

Situations that involve allegations of domestic violence must be handled immediately to prevent the possibility of future harm. At Dawson Family Law, PLLC in Sterling Heights, I am a seasoned Michigan attorney with detailed knowledge of the system in place to protect abuse victims. Numerous crimes can qualify as domestic abuse if they are committed in order to exercise control over a family member, relationship partner or someone else within the same household. My firm helps partners seek immediate civil relief through restraining orders and other legal methods to protect clients and their loved ones.

Knowledgeable advocate helps clients obtain personal protection orders

As an experienced Michigan family lawyer, I know that unlawful domestic violence takes on many forms. Victims can suffer severe harm not only from physical violence but also from threatening behavior, verbal outbursts and emotional abuse. To make sure that people get the assistance they need, my firm offers a free initial consultation to help explain potential steps such as:

  • Restraining orders — Two types of personal protection orders can be granted by Michigan judges. One applies when a victim and an abuser have an existing relationship or live in the same home, while the other covers stalking and misconduct by someone who does not share a residence with the victim. My firm works with domestic violence victims to prepare the necessary materials and file them in the family division of the relevant court.
  • Revisions to custody and visitation terms — Even if no attack was ever directed at their children, people who engage in domestic violence or harassment present a risk to young people. In these situations, my firm seeks to amend custody orders and parenting plans to ensure that contact is supervised, reduced or eliminated depending on the specific threat.
  • Criminal sanctions — The fact that criminal behavior is targeted toward a family member could increase the eventual punishment. If you’re considering pressing charges but are unsure about the process or legal standards used in these matters, I will give you the information you need.

My firm is committed to taking every possible legal step to make sure that clients are safe inside and outside of their homes. I also understand that unfounded accusations of domestic violence can erupt during heated custody and support disputes and will advise clients facing such allegations.

Contact a Sterling Heights lawyer for advice on domestic violence

Dawson Family Law, PLLC advises Michigan residents on legal actions arising from alleged instances of domestic violence. To schedule a free consultation at my office in Sterling Heights, please call 833-671-4445 or contact me online.

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  • Sterling Heights Office
    43805 Van Dyke Avenue
    Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314
    Phone: 586-731-7400
    Fax: 586-731-6370
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