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Northwest Indiana Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

If you believe you are under investigation for domestic violence, it is crucial to take action as soon as possible. Without adequate legal representation, your situation could quickly escalate to formal charges and a criminal conviction. Retaining an experienced domestic abuse lawyer immediately can make a critical difference in your case. 

Contact the accomplished domestic violence attorneys at Stracci Law Group right away so we can preserve and gather the information needed to fight your case. Our team consists of four former prosecutors, including one who was a founding member of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, which specifically prosecutes cases involving domestic violence. We’re well-equipped to defend you and serve clients throughout Northwest Indiana, including Hammond, Crown Point, and Valparaiso.

Who Can Be Charged With Domestic Violence?

In Indiana, “domestic violence” is an umbrella term used to describe an entire category of offenses rather than a single discrete crime. The prosecutor can only use domestic violence charges against people with “family or household member” relationships with you, including:

  • your current or former spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or sexual partner;
  • anyone related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage;
  • a current or former guardian, ward, custodian, or foster parent; or
  • Anyone who has a child in common with you.

What Can Be Classified as Domestic Violence?

As mentioned above, domestic violence is a broad category of offenses. Some of these offenses don’t even involve inflicting any sort of physical harm. Below are some examples:


The crime of Intimidation involves the communication of a threat with the intent (1) that another person engages in conduct against the other person’s will; or (2) that another person is placed in fear of retaliation for a prior lawful act. There is no requirement for touching or a physical injury. 


Stalking means deliberately and repeatedly harassing someone in a manner that causes the victim to feel threatened, terrorized, frightened, or intimidated. This behavior must be such that it would cause an ordinary person to react the same way.


Strangulation occurs when the perpetrator knowingly or intentionally applies pressure to the victim’s throat, neck, or torso or performs similar acts that obstruct the victim’s breathing or blood circulation. The perpetrator must act in a “rude, angry, or insolent” manner.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault occurs when the perpetrator engages in sexual conduct that is involuntary in the sense that the victim was coerced, forced, intimidated, unconscious, mentally disabled, etc.

Penalties for Domestic Violence in Northwest Indiana

Because domestic violence is a broad term that applies to many different offenses, there is no single set of penalties that apply to “domestic violence.” The most common types of penalties for a domestic violence conviction include:

  • Incarceration (in some cases for years)
  • Fines
  • Loss of your gun rights
  • Mandatory batterer’s intervention/anger management classes (or similar courses)
  • Immigration consequences. If you are not a citizen of the United States, a domestic violence conviction could carry severe immigration consequences, including deportation.

Defenses Against a Domestic Violence Charge

If you have been charged with domestic violence, a conviction is not necessarily inevitable. Depending on the facts of your case, you may have a defense. Some of the most common defenses include:

  • False accusation. People frequently use false domestic violence allegations to gain an advantage in child custody proceedings, divorce proceedings, etc.
  • Self-defense: It might be the case that your accuser was the aggressor and that you acted in self-defense.
  • Defense of others: You might have resorted to force or violence to prevent your accuser from harming your children, for example.
  • Police misconduct: The prosecutor cannot use evidence that the police obtained as a result of their own misconduct.
  • Reasonable doubt: The sum of the evidence does not establish your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Many other defenses might be available, depending on your circumstances.

The Challenges of Domestic Violence Accusations

Domestic violence is a political hot potato. As such, large sections of the media are biased in favor of the accuser, especially if the accused is a man. Your challenge, and your attorney’s challenge, is to avoid “trial by media” and to preserve your freedom, your finances, and your reputation.

Contact a Professional Domestic Violence Attorney Today

Criminal prosecutions move fast in Indiana and can be complex. Contact a domestic violence attorney who has had hands-on experience prosecuting these unique cases. Call Stracci Law Group at (219) 525-1000, contact us online or visit us at 11890 Broadway, Crown Point, IN 46307.

Contact Us

At Stracci Law Group, we successfully represent defendants charged with domestic violence, helping them regain their lives. Contact us immediately so we can begin gathering critical information for your case.

Domestic Violence Lawyer Near Me

Stracci Law Group serves clients in Crown Point [46307, 46308] as well as Gary [46402, 46404, 46405], Valparaiso [46383, 46384], and other towns in Northwest Indiana. We are experienced, relentless, and ready to defend you.

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Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

The Team Behind You

Paul G. Stracci, the leader of our team, defended a murder case only 10 months out of law school and won a complete acquittal. He has since developed a powerful reputation as a devastatingly effective criminal trial attorney.

The Team Behind You

Michael Woods is an experienced criminal trial attorney who has handled thousands of cases ranging from simple traffic tickets to complex homicides. A deputy prosecuting attorney for nearly 10 years, Michael knows what makes a case weak or strong, and can give clients an honest and realistic evaluation of their case.

The Team Behind You

Maryam Afshar-Stewart, a former prosecutor, has risen rapidly as a criminal defense attorney thanks to her remarkable work ethic and undying commitment to the cause of justice for her clients.

The Team Behind You

After gaining misdemeanor and felony experience in the Indianapolis criminal courts, Peter has returned home to northwest Indiana to join the accomplished trial attorneys at Stracci Law Group and further his career as a trial lawyer.


"If you got legal issues I highly recommend this company. They got me out of a jam! With all charges dropped. And reasonably priced."
Cliftin Branch, Criminal Case
"I can actually say that Paul is a GREAT LAWYER!! Takes care of business. He got a very big felony dismissed that was hovering over my life for a couple of years and stopped me from doing many things freely, He also got a Dui Dismissed as well as a few other things! My record is now clean. Thank you Paul Stracci!"
Timmy ShellToe, Criminal Case
"I just want to reach out again to thank you. I’m so incredibly grateful for all your help and hard work. We both are!! My entire family is. I could never say thank you enough. In my head, I knew that he was innocent and never intended for any of this to happen. That he was only defending himself but the fact that they charged him and put him in jail was so terrifying. From the very first time I talked to you over the phone and then came in and met you both, I knew God helped me pick the right attorneys. My son was in the very best hands he could be in. Thank you for also putting up with my constant emailing, I couldn’t help myself. I wanted you to have all of the information I had. I will forever be grateful and I will also definitely be telling anyone I know that needs an attorney to come to your firm. I will tell everyone how amazing you gentlemen are for the rest of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"
Timmy ShellToe, Criminal Case
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