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wisconsin domestic violence defense lawyerOne of the most debilitating, malignant, yet elusive social issues that plagues the United States today is domestic abuse. This form of violence occurs more often than anyone would care to admit; the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reported that around 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men reported experiencing physical violence, sexual violence and/or stalking in their lifetimes. Laws surrounding these crimes are now typically punished harshly and when possible, to the fullest extent of the law. In some cases, the officers may have no choice but to arrest the alleged suspect, due to the mandatory arrest policy for domestic violence situations.

How Domestic Arrests are Determined

Wisconsin law outlines a variety of situations in which arrests must be made after a domestic violence call has been made. If the police are called to the scene, they are required to make an arrest if they determine that a person is committing or has committed domestic abuse consistent with a crime against a family or household member, and one of the following is true:

  • The officer has reason to believe that such domestic abuse is likely to continue.

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Milwaukee criminal defense attorney domestic abuse

Throughout the United States, domestic violence has been a social issue of focus for the past couple of decades. Despite numerous campaigns and years of education dedicated to preventing domestic violence, it still remains a prevalent social issue. According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 12 million people experience some form of domestic violence each year. Situations that involve domestic violence are extremely tricky and are detrimental not only to the victim but also to the perpetrator. If the victim decides to pursue a restraining order, you could face criminal charges, among other consequences if you live in Wisconsin.

What Is Considered “Domestic Abuse?”

Domestic abuse is a complicated term. The state of Wisconsin has a very broad definition of domestic violence acts, leaving much of the interpretation to individual judges and courts. Currently, Wisconsin law defines domestic abuse as:

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