Assault & Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is a real and serious problem in Iowa and throughout the nation. If someone is really in danger, something must be done. But the way our domestic violence laws are implemented leaves a lot of room for error. When the police arrive, it’s often a “he said, she said” situation where the truth can’t actually be determined at the time – or where both sides were engaged in assaulting each other.

But only one person is going to get arrested.

At Graves Law Firm, P.C., we have handled many domestic abuse cases. We understand the unique dynamics of these cases and have seen how accusers can manipulate the system against an innocent person or when both parties are equally guilty of assault. We’ve even seen “victims” who injured themselves in order to put their partner in jail. “He said, she said” cases are tough, but they can be won.

If you’ve been charged with domestic assault, get immediate legal help. Contact a Clive domestic violence lawyer at Graves Law Firm to arrange a free consultation. If you can’t come to us, our attorney will meet you at your home or police station.

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Defense attorney Thomas P. Graves provides experienced criminal defense for people charged with misdemeanors,  and felony crimes  including:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Stalking, harassment
  • Violations of temporary restraining orders (TROs)
  • Child endangerment, child neglect, child abuse
  • Assault, aggravated assault, assault and battery
  • Manslaughter, murder

Assault or Aggravated Assault

In cases of assault, people often believe that they will be treated leniently if they were provoked or there was a reason for their actions. Unless it was a case of self defense and you were preventing injury to yourself or another person, you will face criminal assault charges. Attorney Graves will take the time to understand the circumstances of your case.

If you are guilty of assault, he will work to minimize the charges against you so you can address the problem and get back to your normal life. Depending on your past criminal record, you may be sentenced to a 24-week batterer’s education class.

Elder Abuse and Neglect

Elder abuse cases can result either from physical abuse, neglect of a dependent elder or mishandling of the senior’s finances. Much like child endangerment charges, elder neglect can be a gray area. A parent wants to stay in his or her home but may not be able to feed him or herself or manage the house. If something goes wrong and state services are involved, an adult child may find him or herself charged with elder neglect because the senile parent should have been moved to a nursing home.

In cases of financial abuse of a senior, it’s usually another family member who complains to police that a parent is being taken advantage of by another member of the family. Even if the senior citizen thinks nothing is wrong, the prosecutor may bring a case if he or she thinks funds are misused.

Work with an experienced family lawyer with extensive experience handling assault and domestic abuse cases involving families in the greater Des Moines area. Contact an Iowa spousal abuse attorney at Graves Law Firm for a free consultation.