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Cape Cod Domestic Violence Lawyer

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Domestic Violence Attorney Serving Cape Cod, MA

When police respond to a domestic violence report or have probable cause to believe that a person has committed a domestic violence offense on Cape Cod, they are required to make an arrest, even if the incident has de-escalated and there is no evidence of bodily injury. 

Tom Kokonowski understands that there is nothing more stressful or upsetting than when a private argument or altercation with a loved one results in criminal charges. Tom has a combined 40 years of practicing criminal law and is prepared to guide you through every phase of the criminal justice process. 

What’s at Stake in a Domestic Violence Case

The Cape and Island’s District Attorney’s office pursues harsh penalties for those accused of domestic violence including jail time, fines, probation, and anger management cases. You may even have a restraining order issued against you, prohibiting you from having any contact with your loved one. 

Your best chance at avoiding harsh punishment is to put a competent criminal defense lawyer in your corner. Call today 774-561-2689 to schedule an initial case evaluation. 


What Constitutes Domestic Violence on Cape Cod?

Domestic violence is a broad term referencing any criminal act committed against another member of your household, family, or person in which you have or had a domestic situation. Any of the following actions can result in a domestic violence charge: 

  • attempting to cause or causing physical harm;
  • placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm;
  • causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat or duress

Family or Household Member Defined

In Massachusetts, domestic violence occurs in connection with the following types of personal relationships: 

  • A current or former spouse 
  • A current or former fiancé
  • A current or former live-in romantic partner (a “cohabitant”),
  • A person with whom the accused has, or has had, a child, or
  • Someone accused is seriously dating or has seriously dated in the past

Penalties for Domestic Violence Conviction 

  • Up to $5000 in fines and up to 2 1/2 years of prison time for a first offense.
  • Over $5000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison for a subsequent offense.

Defense Strategies for Domestic Violence Charges on Cape Cod

  • It was an accident
  • You acted in self-defense or in defense of others 
  • You and the alleged victim engaged in “mutual combat and both gave consent
  • There is a lack of evidence to prove that you caused the alleged victim to suffer harm 
  • The alleged victim falsely accused you or had an ulterior motive to exact revenge or gain the upper hand 
  • Unreliable witness

Get A Strong Cape Cod Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer on Your Side

If you have been charged with domestic violence or have had a restraining order issued against you on the Cape, Cape Cod Domestic Violence Attorney Tom Kokonowski is ready to fight for you. Call 774-561-2689 to schedule a confidential case evalua

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