There are times when family arguments can get out of hand, and when this happens the police are normally called in to sort out events. But taking this a stage further will mean that a Las Vegas domestic abuse attorney may well have to be called upon to represent someone who is accused of battery or the like. A Las Vegas domestic violence attorney will certainly know how to present the case so that the sentence for his client can be mitigated.
Everyone knows how this problem starts. A word here or there, a look and tempers fray to levels where someone throws a punch or a slap. Although many of these cases are isolated, there are families where this kind of behavior is an escalating pattern to the point of death in the most extreme cases. Getting help is often not available for the party being damaged and they tend to keep this kind of behavior pattern to themselves because they feel ashamed of what is going on. However, the secrecy surrounding such events is what makes it escalate to unacceptable levels.
For example, if it is a woman who is being hit or slapped on a regular basis by the man in her life, she will often cover the incidents by wearing thicker makeup or not showing herself in public until the bruises have gone away. So great is her shame that she may even tell doctors that she fell or bumped into something rather than tell the truth about what has gone on.
This is not always a woman who will suffer in this way either. Men have been known to be seriously beaten by their wives or girlfriends and they will never raise a hand to protect themselves because they were not brought up that way. These victims too will often excuse the bruising from the beatings by saying that they are sports injuries. However, injured they are and as such they should find recourse with the police.
The person who commits these crimes may have all kinds of mental stress going on which is often not taken into account. However, stress can never really be thought of as a defense in any situation no matter how high it is. The expert will try to put any mitigating circumstances over to the judge in such cases and he also has the knowledge to emphasize on relevant points which may cut his client some slack.
In some cases where a wife has been continually mistreated over the course of some years, it often culminates in the wife taking some weapon and killing the offending person. She may have had to wait for him to be asleep to do something about the situation and this then could be construed as murder. However, a good expert will show that these circumstances deserve some consideration particularly where there are children involved. If he can demonstrate that the lives of the children may have been at risk then the lady can often claim self defense even if it was while he was sleeping.