Provo Domestic Violence

Provo Domestic Violence

Provo domestic violence cases have far-reaching implications, particularly those in which a child is involved.  When a juvenile is involved in a Provo domestic violence episode, the wellbeing of the child and whether or not the suspect/offender/aggressor is still a threat to the child and/or anyone living in the home becomes the primary concern for responding officers and enforcement individuals.

However, the actual incident is just the initial step in the spectrum of Provo domestic violence incidents.  Utah law defines Provo domestic violence as any criminal offense or physical harm or threat of violence or physical harm, or any attempt – with the following caveats and parameters:

1. (a) ‘in the presence of a child’ means: in the physical presence of a child; or having knowledge that a child is present in may see or hear an active domestic violence.

2. a person is guilty of child abuse if the person: (a) commits or attempts to commit criminal homicide, as defined in § 76-5-201, against a cohabitant in the presence of a child; or (b) intentionally causes serious bodily injury to a cohabitant or uses a dangerous weapon, as defined in § 76-1-601, or other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury against a cohabitant, in the presence of a child; or (c) under circumstances not amounting to a violation of subsection 2 (a) or (b), commits an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Provo Domestic Violence Attorney Kelly Peterson Helps Clients Understand Court Proceedings

Provo domestic violence attorney Kelly Peterson has an established track record and years of experience dealing with these types of court cases.  In the eyes of the law in a Provo domestic violence case, Peterson advises that, “A person who violates subsection 2 (a) or (b) is guilty of a third-degree felony. A person who violates subsection 2 (c) is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.”

In terms of juvenile involvement in a Provo domestic violence case, Peterson also notes that Utah law requires juvenile court to consider parents “history of violent behavior” in determining whether he parent is unfit or has neglected a child.

Needless to say, Provo domestic violence cases are difficult to navigate and require counsel who is well-versed in these intricate proceedings.

If you’re in need of a Provo domestic violence attorney who’s experienced in family and Provo domestic violence law cases in Utah, contact Kelly Peterson at review the circumstances of your situation today.

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Experienced Divorce Lawyer Kelly Peterson handles child custody, visitation, paternity, grandparent rights and mediation cases.

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*Child Welfare Law Specialist Nat’l Assoc. of Counsel for Children