In the state of Utah, an arrested person is charged with domestic violence when committing, or attempting to commit any crime which involves physical harm or violence against a cohabitant. Cohabitants are defined as:
- Spouses, former spouses, couples that are in a relationship, people that live or have lived together, parents of children, and people who are related to each other by blood or by marriage.
A restraining order, protective order, or a domestic violence conviction can have serious long-term consequences. Utah Domestic Violence Lawyers, Dennis Pawelek & Richard Gale represent clients who have been accused of violating a protective order or arrested for domestic violence. They have successfully had felonies reduced to misdemeanors and had domestic violence charges dismissed completely.