As we recently discussed, the warning signs of domestic abuse are sometimes present in criminal cases. For those who face domestic violence charges, the outcome of these cases can have a major, far-reaching impact on lives.
Domestic abuse is something that isn't always easy to prove in court. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is imperative that you take the points being used against you into account when you decide what you are going to do about your defense.
Domestic violence accusations are the start of a chain of events that might make your life very difficult. If your spouse or live-in significant other accuses you of domestic violence, you might not even be able to return home. We know that you probably didn't plan for this to happen. You might not have an alternative place to go; however, you must comply with any court orders issued in the case or you risk facing even more legal trouble.
Judges issue as many as 3 million restraining orders every year in America. Sadly, many legal authorities estimate that 80 percent of those are based on false allegations or are otherwise unnecessary.
There is an epidemic of domestic violence in America today, and more women are dying at the hands of their spouses and partners than by any other demographic group.
Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence? If so, you may be scared about what the future holds. For example, you may have concerns about being sent to jail. Maybe you are worried that you won't be able to afford the fines.
"Once an abuser, always an abuser."
Anyone who is facing a charge of domestic violence needs to take the allegations very seriously, as the consequences of a conviction can adversely affect your future in many ways.
There are many reasons to aggressively defend yourself against domestic violence allegations — protecting your reputation, retaining your right to own firearms, avoiding jail time — but one that is often overlooked in criminal cases is the effect those allegations could potentially have on a child custody case in the future.
If you are involved in a toxic relationship, you could face a very real risk of being falsely accused of committing acts of domestic violence against your spouse or intimate partner. Clearing your good name after such allegations have already been levied against you can be a Sisyphean task, so you need to be proactive.