Domestic Violence

Boise Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers

Facing domestic violence charges is a terrible thing for someone to go through. The legal consequences alone are serious enough—a conviction can bring about fines and jail time. Even if a defendant doesn’t go behind bars, there will likely be restraining orders put in place against them. All of this is in addition to the loss of reputation in the community, with friends, and perhaps even with one’s own family. 

The domestic violence lawyers in our Boise office understand how serious this moment is. Moreover, we know that being accused of a crime is very different than actually being guilty, and we know that everyone deserves a second chance. You can count on Atkinson Law Office to work hard for you each and every day. 

Call (208) 670-8164 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation. We work with clients across Ada County and Canyon County.

What Is Domestic Violence?

 The offenses considered as domestic violence are the same as other violent crimes, such as aggravated assault. What makes domestic violence different is the nature of the relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim. 

Idaho law defines domestic violence as having occurred when that relationship is between a family member or someone living in the same household. It can also be if the alleged victim has, or previously had, a romantic relationship with the defendant. 

This is no mere academic distinction. Once a violent crime is considered to be domestic violence, the possible penalties in the event of conviction can be enhanced. In fact, if the alleged crime took place in the presence of a child younger than 16 years old, the penalties can be doubled. 

The enhanced penalties come because our society rightfully abhors domestic violence. What isn’t right is that too much of society can be quick to rush to judgment on the guilt of a particular person. It’s the job of your attorney to stand in the breach, believe in you, and fight for you. 


Why Trust Atkinson Law Office?

What Sets Us Apart
  • Empathetic Guidance
    Understanding the personal and legal challenges our clients face, we offer empathetic guidance and unwavering support to help them navigate their DUI cases with confidence.
  • Dedicated Advocacy
    We are committed to providing diligent and ethical representation, fighting for the best possible outcomes while maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.
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    We genuinely care about our clients' well-being and future, offering compassionate and personalized legal support through every step of their DUI case.
  • Integrity and Transparency
    We uphold the highest standards of honesty and transparency in all our dealings, ensuring our clients are always well-informed and trust in the legal process.

Possible Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges

The exact defense strategy we use will vary depending on the unique circumstances of each individual case. Some of the more common defense approaches include the following: 

False Allegations

This is as basic as it gets, and we make sure the jury gets reminded of the fact the burden of proof is entirely on the prosecution. It’s their job to prove the defendant’s guilt, and to do it beyond a reasonable doubt. We look for reasons the defendant might have fabricated the story, and we look for other possible explanations, as a means of sowing that doubt in the minds of the jury. 


The accused may argue that any physical actions were in response to being attacked first and were necessary to protect themselves from imminent harm. To support this defense, the defendant typically needs to demonstrate that the force used was reasonable and proportionate to the threat faced.

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Experience You Can Rely On 

The domestic violence defense lawyers in our Boise office have over 14 years working on behalf of defendants. While no attorney can ever promise an outcome in a specific case, we’re proud to say that we enjoy a 90% success rate. That can give our clients reason for hope at a difficult time in their lives. 

We know firsthand how imperfect law enforcement can be, and we know that our system of justice produces actual injustice far too often. We’re here to do what we can to stop that from happening to you. 

Call (208) 670-8164 today.

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