Domestic Violence Defense

A fight ensues. Tempers rise. Physical violence, whether slight or severe, occurs. And the cops are called. You can be assured that once they arrive at the scene and sort out the stories, whether similar or contradictory, that someone will most likely be arrested.

An arrest for domestic violence is one of the most harrowing experiences of a person’s life. It is unlike most any other crime in that it usually involves intense emotions experienced at a fever pitch, often culminating in anger and physical violence involving your significant other, the one person you love in the most intimate way. Also, unlike most other crimes, when you are released from custody, you can’t go home. You are given a stay-away order from your loved one(s), the person or people you would usually turn to in a crisis.

As with most arrests, you need to call an attorney as soon as you are able. And the attorney you can turn to in this crisis is John Campion.

Mr. Campion has been fighting on behalf of domestic violence defendants, men and women, for almost 20 years. Domestic violence cases can span the spectrum from the most seemingly innocuous of shoves or touches to the most violent and gruesome of assaults, sometimes involving dangerous weapons.  One common denominator, however, is almost always anger, sometimes from just one party but usually from both. In Mr. Campion’s experience, he has found that there are always two stories to any fight between domestic partners, almost always contradictory and sometimes self-serving, but oftentimes, two different stories that are believed wholeheartedly by each side.

Domestic violence cases and the stories told by each party are usually decided on a few significant things: injuries and their extent; witnesses, either eye or ear witnesses and their proximity to the incident; corroborating or contradictory evidence that can be gleamed from the 911 call; and any extenuating circumstances such as past or present violence or threats by one party or the other. When these significant things are not dispositive or definitive one way or the other is when the “he said, she said” narrative can lead to significant reasonable doubt.

The common defenses other than “I didn’t do it” are self-defense and mutual combat, which of course, are considered in the totality of the circumstances involving many factors.

Domestic violence can have serious consequences in a number of ways such as present and/or future employment, school, child custody, divorce, family relations and may other ways. You need an attorney who will minimize or eliminate those consequences as much as possible.

 If you have been arrested for domestic violence, whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, and whether you are a man or a woman, Mr. Campion can help you fight your case and devise a winning strategy that will lead to a fair and just resolution.


An arrest for domestic violence is one of the most harrowing experiences of a person’s life.
John Campion