Ann Arbor Michigan Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

What should you do if you are arrested and charged with domestic violence in Ann Arbor, Michigan? Hire an experienced defense attorney right away.

The very first thing you absolutely must do is exercise your constitutional right to remain silent. Even if you are falsely accused, or the police are encouraging you to tell your side of the story, never make any statements without your attorney present.

ANYTHING you say that is incriminating can and will be used against you in court.

The next thing you need to do is exercise another legal right – your right to an attorney. If you are going to beat domestic violence charges, you need someone who specializes in these kinds of cases – an Ann Arbor, Michigan, domestic violence criminal defense lawyer.

Your best option is Blank Law, PC.

Were You Wrongfully Accused of Domestic Violence?

False allegations of domestic violence are a very real problem in society, and they happen for a variety of reasons. According to the Coalition to End Domestic Violence:

  • Divorce – Roughly 1 out of every 4 divorces involves allegations of intimate partner violence.
  • Approximately 70% of those allegations are false or unnecessary.
  • Child Custody – Annually, 175,000 children are involved in divorce proceedings where there are false domestic violence allegations.
  • In the state of Michigan, judges are advised to consider domestic violence when determining child custody.
  • Jealousy – This happens when one partner wants to keep the other from seeing someone else.
  • Revenge – When there have been relationship issues, one partner will often make false claims in order to hurt or punish the other.
  • Control – Knowing how seriously authorities take domestic assault, some people will use the threat of pressing charges to control their partner.

According to George Mason University, women are far more likely to make false allegations of domestic violence against their male intimate partners than the other way around.

This is especially true in situations where women actually perpetrate violence against men. 73% of male victims of female-perpetrated violence report that their partners have threatened false accusations, compared to just 3% of men in the general population.

Of special relevance, although the preconception is that men are overwhelmingly the aggressors and that women are overwhelmingly the victims, studies have found that interpersonal violence happens almost equally – to 46% of men and 54% of women.

The right Ann Arbor domestic violence law firm can help you fight the false charges, stereotypes, and misconceptions that can hurt your case. For a free consultation, contact Blank Law, PC TODAY.

Consequences of Domestic Violence in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Many different behaviors can be prosecuted as acts of domestic violence – assault, battery, stalking, and sexual misconduct, just to name a few. Depending on your history and the circumstances, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.

But whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, a domestic violence conviction is ALWAYS serious. Possible consequences include:

  • Jail/Prison time: Up to 10 years
  • Fine: Up to $5000, plus restitution
  • Loss of child custody
  • Suspension or supervision of visitation
  • No mediation of disputes
  • Restraining order, with criminal penalties for violations
  • Exclusion from use of the home
  • Anger management
  • Mental health counseling
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm
  • Sexual offender registration

This is why you need an experienced domestic violence lawyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who will zealously fight for your rights and who will help you beat domestic assault charges.

Blank Law, PC – The Top Domestic Violence Law Firm in Ann Arbor

Nicole Blank Becker, the founding defense attorney of Blank Law, PC, has over 20 years of specialized experience, serving as both a Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor and as private counsel. Before reentering private practice, Nicole was the Chief of Macomb County Child Abuse and Sex Crimes units.

Criminal defense attorney Christopher Coyle has equally-impressive experience, working as a Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor for more than 30 years. Chris eventually advanced to Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit.

Because of their experience on both sides of the law, Nicole and Chris can anticipate the prosecution’s moves to provide you with the best domestic violence defense possible.

To discuss your case, Contact Nicole or Chris at Blank Law, PC TODAY for a free initial consultation.

Where Are Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Cases Tried?


15th Judicial District Court

Ann Arbor Justice Center

301 E Huron St

PO Box 8650

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

(734) 794-6750


22nd Judicial Circuit Court

101 E Huron Street

Room 1108

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

(734) 222-3084

Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Judges

15th Judicial District Court

Honorable Miriam A. Perry

22nd Judicial Circuit Court

Honorable Patrick J. Conlin

Honorable Carol Kuhnke

Honorable Darlene A. O’Brien

Honorable Arianne E. Slay

Honorable Tracy E. Van den Bergh

Washtenaw County Prosecutor

Eli Savit

Domestic Violence Unit

200 N Main

3rd Floor

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 222-6620

15th District Court and 22nd Circuit Court Parking

The primary parking lot for the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor is located on the northwest corner of the building. There is also street parking on the southwest corner.

The primary parking lot for the 22nd Circuit is to the south of the complex. There is also a parking structure nearby, at 159-198 W. Ann Street.

Nearby Restaurants

BLØM Meadworks

100 S. 4th Avenue

Suite 110


Cahoots Cafe

206 E. Huron Street


Blue Tractor BBQ

207 E. Washington Street


Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

221 E. Washington Street



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Phone: 248-515-6583

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