If police are called as a result of a dispute with your spouse, you may find yourself facing criminal charges for domestic violence. After responding to the call, if the police believe there is probable cause that a criminal offense has occurred, either you or your spouse may face arrest and be required to spend the night in jail before the court sets bail.
James Bendell is an experienced defense attorney, who has previously worked as a prosecutor, judge pro tem and Court Commissioner. He will take the time to listen and understand your side of the story. Often there is more to a domestic violence charge than meets the eye, despite hasty judgments that may have been made by law enforcement.
The consequences of a domestic violence charge can be very serious. Even if you are only charged with a misdemeanor, you may face jail time and be restricted from accessing your own home. In some cases, you may lose your job. Your right to own or possess firearms may be taken away.
James Bendell will thoroughly investigate your case to present all the facts and circumstances to the prosecutor, judge and jury. When the abuse claims are false or a result of self-defense, he will work hard to get the case dismissed. In other cases, he will seek alternative sentencing options to avoid jail time or seek to have the charges reduced. If your case requires a jury trial, he brings to the court experience trying hundreds of cases before judges and juries.
If you’ve been charged with domestic violence in Coeur d’Alene or North Idaho, call James Bendell at 208-665-4600 or send a quick response email for a free consultation.