Domestic violence cases are more complicated than other criminal cases. Because the victims know one another, matters can become highly emotional. The mere allegation of domestic abuse can land you in jail, at least temporarily. This is why it is important to know your rights.
There does not have to be physical contact
You can be charged with domestic violence without ever laying a hand on another person. Threats are enough to lead to an arrest.
Domestic violence is not limited to a spouse or romantic partner
Many people only think of domestic violence in terms of married or unmarried couples. The law is broad enough to encompass relatives, in-laws, children and other people living in the home.
The possible effects of a criminal charge
The impact of a criminal charge can be immediate. If you are arrested, you may be:
- Taken to jail
- Subject to a temporary restraining order
- Lose your right to have firearms for the duration of your case
It is important to understand your legal rights and to receive professional advice about how to proceed.
What should you do if you have been charged with a crime?
A possible conviction is always a risk. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may need to take your case to trial. Alternatively, you may be eligible to enroll in the family violence education program. Successful completion of this program may result in the dismissal of your charges.
You have options. A domestic violence allegation can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Remember that you have rights. An experienced professional can help you assert and defend those rights.