Facing domestic violence charges is a difficult spot to be in because you are having to address matters related to a loved one. When the person who is the alleged victim in the case is your spouse, you are facing some very real challenges that can turn your life upside down.
One thing that you have to remember is that there is a chance that orders of protection, or restraining orders, will be filed in these cases. What does this mean for you? It means that you can't return home so you will have to find another place to live while the case is moving through the court system.
We realize that this might prove to be a challenge, but trying to go against the protective order can lead to more legal troubles. This does mean that even if you and the alleged victim are able to work things out, you won't be able to return home until the court gives you the approval to do so by canceling the protective order.
There are many other ways that your life might be impacted by domestic violence charges. For example, your employment might be affected if your employer has policies against having people employed who have violent criminal convictions. Your social life, opportunities to volunteer in the community and your reputation might also suffer.
We know that you might not be fully prepared to deal with these consequences. We can't take them away but we can help you determine how to handle your defense so that you might be able to reduce the severity of the impacts of the charges or conviction.