In 2010, over 100,000 Domestic violence offenses were reported throughout Michigan. Michigan crime statistics for 2010 show that offenders used anything from a handgun or knife to poison and sleeping pills as a weapon against another person. Many times, no weapon is used and the allegations simply involve a push or a shove.
In any criminal prosecution involving allegations that the defendant committed a violent crime such as aggravated assault or murder, important issues such as intent, self-defense and witness credibility come into play. In many cases, competing versions of events must be considered, and this issue is very likely to arise in domestic violence cases.