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Am I Allowed to Speak to My Accuser After Being Charged with Domestic Violence?

After being charged with domestic violence, many find themselves in unfamiliar territory and wonder what is and what is not in their best interest. A judge can impose any number of conditions on the person who is charged, including no contact with their accuser. If your alleged victim files a protective order barring you from contact, you must abide by it or be subject to further criminal penalties. This protective order will detail the communication that is prohibited, such as phone calls, texting, stalking, harassment, or showing up to the alleged victim’s workplace, home, or school.

It’s wise for those who have been charged with domestic violence not to contact their accuser until they’ve gone before a judge to determine whether contact is allowed. Otherwise, the person charged faces potential addition accusations or charges of witness tampering, a possible felony. Once you have your day in court, a judge may impose a number of conditions against you, including no contact with your accuser, with the possible exception if communication is necessary to serve the interests of any minor children.

Accused of Domestic Violence? Seek Criminal Defense from an Experienced DV Lawyer.

Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously in Arizona, and you could face dire consequences for it if convicted, including prison time and high fines. You can place your trust in our domestic violence attorneys at Bowman, Smith & Kallen, P.L.L.C. to have your best interests in mind and to guide you through the process of navigating the court system and having the best chance an outcome in your favor. For more information about domestic violence laws in Arizona, pick up the phone and speak to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys right away.

To contact us at Bowman, Smith & Kallen, P.L.L.C., please call (928) 783-8879 or reach out online for a swift reply. We offer free initial consultations with no obligation.