Across the country, laws against domestic violence continue to expand as politicians and advocacy groups become more vocal. Often, when someone accuses an intimate partner of abuse, the court of public opinion quickly finds that person guilty before a hearing, verdict or sentencing can occur.
If someone has accused you of domestic violence, you may be facing a future of uncertainty. Perhaps the allegation has already damaged your reputation. Your job may be on the line as well as your parenting time.
You have rights
As with most violent crimes, the circumstances surrounding the alleged offense can affect the penalties. Generally, a conviction for domestic abuse may result in fines, jail time, probation and court-ordered anger management rehabilitation.
If this is not the first time someone has accused you, and if the court convicted you of previous charges of abuse, your sentence may be increased. A conviction for domestic violence may also result in the loss of custody or visitation privileges with your children, and it may mean you are more likely to face subsequent accusations of abuse.
Despite the knee-jerk reaction of society to immediately condemn a person who is suspected of domestic violence, our justice system protects the rights of anyone facing criminal charges. This is why having a criminal attorney by your side as quickly as possible may result in a more thorough plan of defense.
Examples of possible defense strategies
Your attorney will thoroughly examine the evidence, interview witnesses and, most importantly, he will get to know you. After a careful study of the case, your attorney may choose one of the following ways to defend you against the charges.
- By demonstrating that you acted in self-defense
- By pointing out inconsistencies in the accuser's story that suggest it is a false accusation
- By showing that the accuser has named the wrong person as the perpetrator
- By indicating the weaknesses in the accuser's testimony, which may mean the accuser has not met the burden of proof
These are only a few of the defenses that an attorney may use when someone is facing charges of domestic abuse. No matter what strategy fits your particular situation, a dedicated attorney will use his skills to protect your future.
Domestic violence is a serious issue that should not be brushed aside. Over 1 million women and men suffer physical violence each year at the hands of intimate partners. Because of the seriousness of this crime, people should not make accusations lightly, and you deserve vigorous defense against allegations of violence.