Edward Kroll is a former prosecutor who worked extensively in Multnomah County’s Domestic Violence prosecution unit. He has seen and dealt with all sorts of charges, from the most minor harassment to most serious assault.
Domestic Violence crimes occur between people who are in, or who have been in an intimate relationship. More rarely, it is also charged when family members related by blood or marriage get into a fight.
Persons accused of any domestic violence crime in Oregon are often shocked to find out just how seriously prosecutors take these charges, even when the person has been falsely accused, or when the charges are clearly excessive. The prosecution simply doesn’t let these go.
The consequences of a domestic violence conviction, whether misdemeanor or felony, are exceptionally serious. They can include jail or prison time, and will always result in a no-contact order between the people involved – and their kids. In many situations, this can lead to a person being forced to leave the family home and have no contact with their partner and children. A conviction also prohibits one from owning guns.
One of the most difficult parts of any domestic violence incident is that the police are almost always required to make an arrest when they arrive at a domestic disturbance. If one person has injuries, then an arrest will be made. If one person says the other one threatened them, even if there are no injuries, an arrest will be made. An arrest will be made even if the person who is injured does not want an arrest to happen.If you are arrested, the police will not just give you a ticket and tell you to go somewhere else to cool off – they will put handcuffs on you and take you to jail. Immediately.
If the police are investigating an allegation of domestic violence, almost nothing you say can make it better. If they are questioning you, remain silent, and speak only to a defense attorney.
As domestic violence is a serious charge, it requires an experienced attorney to prepare an effective defense. Certain defenses are discussed on our Oregon Assault Defense page. These include
Kroll & Johnson P.C. knows Oregon domestic violence laws, and they know how prosecutors prepare their cases for trial. Most importantly, they know how serious and potentially devastating these charges can be. Contact Portland domestic violence defense attorneys Kroll & Johnson P.C. today for a free and confidential consultation, so we can begin crafting your defense.