A Wolfe & Stec domestic violence lawyer knows how to skillfully and successfully defend our clients against accusations of domestic abuse. We can defend you, too. Our attorneys take the time to work with you in fashioning your defense, whether you have been accused of elder abuse or spousal abuse, because we understand that every case is unique and has its own set of circumstances.
Charges of domestic abuse can encompass many different forms of assault and battery. Most commonly, domestic violence is thought of as spousal or child abuse, but our practice includes defending people accused of criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly person, aggravated battery to a child (the alleged cause of shaken baby syndrome), and violation of protection orders.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, don’t wait! The sooner you contact a domestic violence lawyer, the sooner we can construct a successful defense strategy. Call us at (630) 305-0222 for a free initial consultation about your case.
At Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., we investigate each case fully and independently. Our attorneys are out-of-the-box thinkers who follow every potential line of criminal defense for our clients. We prepare each case thoroughly and are ready for trial. We will never plea bargain a case unless it is truly in our client’s best interest.
Domestic violence is a serious crime, and we know that there are often two sides to every story. Perhaps your accuser is sharing one version of events, but you see things differently. You deserve to have your side of the story told. That’s what we’re here for. We will listen closely to what you have to say – what you saw, heard, said and experienced when the event allegedly took place. Were there other people present? Was the accuser drinking alcohol or using drugs? How did police behave if they were called? All of these facts are very important in establishing your defense. We’re here to listen to your side of the story.
Perhaps domestic violence did take place, but you were not the person involved. You may have been at a friend’s or cousin’s house, sitting on the porch, when people began shouting. You were just at the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to do with the dispute. We know this happens. Tempers flare, people get hurt, and you just happened to be nearby, minding your own business. Because we’ve handled these cases before, we know how to defend clients who are wrongly accused. Contact our DuPage County domestic violence attorney at (630) 305-0222 and we will listen to what you have to say.
In domestic violence scenarios, things often happen quickly and there’s a lot of noise and confusion. It can be unclear who started a dispute, who is the aggressor and who is the victim. Here are a few potential defenses if you have been accused of domestic violence:
This is not an exhaustive list of potential defenses; these are just some examples. A skilled DuPage County domestic abuse lawyer can listen to your account of events, ask pertinent questions, and formulate the best defense available based on the facts.
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act covers violence within several types of relationships, including the following:
As families and living arrangements become more complex and inter-generational, the incidences of domestic violence can also become more complicated.
You are wise to spend some time examining various domestic violence attorneys before selecting one. All attorneys are not created equal. Spend some time reviewing a law firm’s website, read the attorney bios, read reviews posted by other clients about their experience with the firm and make an initial phone call to see how well you are treated and whether the person on the other end of the line is really listening to you. The attorney you choose will have a central role in determining whether you are acquitted, receive a reduced sentence or spend a long time in prison. For a free initial consultation about your case, call a domestic violence attorney at our firm at (630) 305-0222.
Costs vary widely, depending on the complexity of the case, the evidence, the time involved and the number of witnesses interviewed. Generally, domestic violence lawyers can cost upwards of $250/hour. This is a rough estimate, and each individual law firm will have its own rates. For more specific information, contact Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., and talk to one of our attorneys.
Restraining orders in Illinois, also called protective orders, are issued by a judge and are designed to protect a person who has experienced continued or threatened stalking or domestic violence. In a criminal matter, judges can issue restraining orders immediately, based on sworn testimony of the alleged victim. Courts can put a limit on the duration of a restraining order, though a plaintiff can ask for extensions of time. The gender of a person requesting a restraining order can be male or female, though typically the majority of restraining orders are requested by women.
If you have had a restraining order issued against you, then the judge is invoking laws that tell you what you can and cannot do. Often such orders restrict you from contacting another person by phone, text, email or in person, and require you to keep a certain distance away from the person at all times.
It is very important to obey the terms of a restraining order, because violating these terms can complicate your defense and make it more difficult. A domestic violence attorney can advise you about the technical issues of a restraining order.
For the purpose of getting a restraining order, domestic violence is defined as any of the following actions:
As you can see, there are many moving parts to a domestic violence charge, and that’s why you don’t want to face these charges alone. You need a skilled domestic violence attorney by your side to ensure that you don’t make mistakes in legal proceedings, do not say things that can be used against you in court and do not play into the prosecutor’s hands. Wolfe & Stec domestic violence attorneys have many years of experience defending others who have been in your shoes. We know how to craft a formidable defense. Call us to discuss your situation at (630) 305-0222.
There are many anger and aggression management programs in most communities, and attending one can show a judge that you are remorseful and are attempting to deal with and take responsibility for your emotions. Acts of contrition can help in your defense under certain circumstances. To find a program, you can query “anger management programs” on the internet or reach out to community health services in your area.
Even though you have been accused of domestic violence, you still have rights under the law. When police arrive to arrest the accused, it is almost always best to remain silent and contact a domestic violence attorney immediately. You have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. You have the right to an effective defense. You have the right to challenge your accuser’s version of events.
When in custody, it is important to be polite and cooperate with corrections officers. Do not sign anything – no documents, statements or notices of any kind. Do not say anything on a jail phone that could incriminate you, and do not assume that your phone conversation is private. It isn’t. Be assured that the judge will hear about any bad behavior on your part while in custody. In many cases, you will be given the opportunity to post bond and be released after being arraigned.
If you have been accused of domestic battery in Cook or DuPage County, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., in Chicago and Woodridge, Illinois, to protect your rights.
We understand that there are two sides to every story, and clients can be wrongly accused. That’s why we listen closely to what you have to say, review police reports and dig up evidence that can give us a clear picture of events. You are entitled to an aggressive defense, and you should not settle for less. Don’t count on a tired and overworked public defender to give you the skilled defense that you deserve. Contact our DuPage County domestic violence attorneys at (630) 305-0222 so we can start to build a formidable defense for you.
Illinois domestic violence lawyer providing representation for domestic violence and spousal abuse allegations, domestic battery charges, assault and battery arrest, child abuse charges and elder abuse allegations to clients throughout Illinois.
After the police broke into our client’s house, we successfully suppressed the evidence and the case was subsequently dismissed.
We have tried many aggravated battery and domestic batter cases. Our most recent success was our client was charged with attacking and stabbing the victim in their home. After conducting extensive discovery, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing all the factors contained in the case, we were able to get the cause dismissed.
We handle numerous first and repeat DUIs and have excellent success in acquittals or reductions of charges with minimum impact for our clients. As members of the NACDL, we have numerous expert witnesses available to rebut the vast resources of the prosecution and receive favorable rulings.