Ingham County, MI—In short, yes, an individual can be arrested for domestic violence if the police are called following a dispute between a couple. While not all calls to local law enforcement will end with someone getting arrested, it is a possibility. Generally, if one party claims that the other became violent toward them, then the responding officer(s) has reason to make an arrest.

Here’s an example of when police can arrest one party after a domestic dispute.

John is up late working and is approached by his wife Mary. Mary is upset that John is still awake and begins to argue with him. Mary begins to grab valuable items belonging to John and threatens to break them. In an attempt to keep Mary away from his valuable items, John gently shoves Mary away, causing her to fall onto the floor.

While Mary continues with her efforts, John also continues to stop Mary from becoming destructive. John attempts to move Mary into another room of the house and she bumps into the wall. Mary later calls the police and claims she was thrown into the wall. While John did not intentionally push Mary to the floor or throw her into the wall, John is arrested for domestic violence.


Can a spouse fight a domestic violence charge?


Yes, if an individual believes they have been charged with a crime they did not commit, they can plead “not guilty” and attempt to fight their charges. Of course, if they want to do this, they should be represented by an Ingham County, MI criminal defense lawyer. An attorney will not only help them understand their rights but also assist them with getting the charges dropped or reduced if they are innocent of the crimes for which they have been accused of committing.


What are the penalties for a domestic violence conviction?


If an individual is charged and convicted of domestic violence in Ingham County, MI, they could face the following penalties1:

  • Serving up to 93 days in jail, and/or;
  • Having to pay a fine of up to $500.00.


If an individual has a prior domestic violence conviction, the penalties increase to up to one year in jail and/or having to pay a fine of up to $1,000.


Arrested for domestic violence in Ingham County MI?


If an individual was arrested for domestic violence and they believe they have been wrongfully charged, they are urged to contact the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. to speak with Ingham County criminal defense lawyer Stuart R. Shafer. Attorney Stuart R. Shafer will be happy to review their case and determine his legal services can benefit the situation.


The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can be reached at:


1223 Turner Street, #333

Lansing, MI 48906

Phone: 517-487-6603




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