There is no area of criminal law more likely to affect an individual in Scotland than that relating to domestic abuse. Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the courts take domestic abuse extremely seriously.
Domestic abuse comes in many forms and is considered in a much wider context now than it has been in the past. Controlling behaviour, e.g. controlling your partner’s money or preventing them from contacting their friends of family can now amount to domestic abuse.
These allegations are extremely stressful and could have life-changing consequences. McGovern Reid are specialist domestic violence/abuse lawyers and we recognise the impact that a prosecution can have on an individual and their friends and family. If you have been charged with a domestic offence of any kind, including domestic assault, you must seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
Domestic Assault Defence Lawyers Wishaw, Hamilton, Bellshill, Motherwell, Lanark, Airdrie & Glasgow
Domestic abuse situations can be tricky, as it can be difficult to prove or disprove the various forms of domestic abuse, and early legal advice from an experienced domestic abuse solicitor is essential to ensure you have the best possible outcome. You can be charged with a domestic assault or with a contravention of s38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010. It is becoming increasingly common for accused persons to be charged under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016. If you have been charged with a domestic offence or if the police are wanting to interview you about a domestic offence, you should contact McGovern Reid immediately.
If you have been charged with domestic abuse, either the police or the court could have imposed bail conditions which prevent you from contacting or approaching your partner as well as preventing you from returning to the family home. McGovern Reid can ask the court to fix an early hearing in order to have these conditions reviewed.
We understand that it is very often responsible members of society who have never encountered the criminal justice system before who are charged with domestic abuse offences after a family argument. We have particular expertise in representing professionals and people who have no previous convictions.
Contact our Domestic Abuse Solicitors Wishaw, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Coatbridge and Airdrie
If you have been charged with domestic abuse, it is important to act fast. The sooner you instruct McGovern Reid, the sooner we can assist you in dealing with your case. We have a very experienced and highly regarded team of solicitors based in offices throughout Lanarkshire ready to assist you. Contact our 24/7 emergency helpline on 01698 359 550 to make an appointment at either our Hamilton or Wishaw office.