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Being charged with domestic violence can have disastrous consequences, leading to jail time, fines, and damage to your personal reputation. Although all individuals are guilty until proven innocent, the stigma around domestic abuse can make it difficult to defend yourself, both in court and within your community. The best way to protect your freedom and your reputation is by hiring a Yuma domestic violence attorney with experience in domestic violence cases.
Our team at Territorial Law has over 60 years of combined experience, meaning we know how to work with your best interest in mind. Whether you have been falsely accused or simply need to defend yourself against allegations, our team can assist you. We will review the facts of your case and immediately begin building a solid defense strategy to use with prosecutors and before a judge. For more information about our services and to receive a free consultation, contact our office today by calling 928-955-7191.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined as any act by a family member intended to result in harm, assault, or injury. Domestic abuse can also include stalking, harassment, and verbal abuse. Any threatening behavior that puts a family member in fear of harm can be included under the umbrella of domestic violence. Although many victims of domestic violence are romantic partners, domestic violence cases can also involve other family members, including children, parents, and siblings. Both men and women can be victims of domestic violence.
Most domestic violence cases involve abuse that results in assault or bodily injury. While bodily injury is often classified as a misdemeanor, it can be charged as a felony in extreme circumstances. If the assault involved strangulation or choking, the assault involved a weapon, or the defendant has had prior domestic violence charges against them, the court will often up the case to the felony level. No matter what you are being charged with, domestic violence is always a serious offense. It is always recommended to seek out a team of domestic violence lawyers if you are being charged.
What Are the Potential Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction?
Domestic violence convictions can carry severe penalties that harm your reputation and your career. Most domestic violence cases result in years of jail time and hefty fines. Your exact penalties will depend on the nature of your alleged criminal activity and whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Sexual assault and child abuse often lead to harsher penalties. Our team will always attempt to get your case dismissed or the charges you are facing reduced.
How Does a Restraining Order Work?
Restraining orders and orders of protection are sometimes used by alleged victims of domestic violence. If you have had a restraining order taken out against you, the court has ordered you not to make contact with the person accusing you of domestic violence. You cannot approach them in person, send them texts, or call them on the phone. Any attempts to contact the person who ordered the restraining order could be construed as stalking, intimidation, or harassment. Violating any of the terms of your restraining order could lead to penalties like jail time and fines.
Restraining orders are issued on a temporary and permanent basis. In most cases, if you have not been to court to defend yourself, the restraining order against you is temporary. You will likely have a chance to tell your side of the story before a judge once the temporary order has expired. It is essential to bring a domestic violence attorney from our team with you to this hearing to defend you.
What Are the Common Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges?
Being accused of domestic violence is serious and has the potential to impact your life in many ways. Fortunately, you are not guilty automatically, and there are ways to defend yourself from domestic abuse charges. Your defense will depend on the nature of the charges and the accusations against you. However, some common defense strategies might work for you.
Below are the most common defenses against domestic violence charges:
- False accusations: Some alleged victims will use domestic violence accusations to tarnish your reputation or prevent you from getting something, like child custody or assets. Our team can look for evidence that your former spouse is making up these accusations to hurt you.
- Unintentional act: There may be instances where you hurt someone by accident, like defending yourself against violence. If you did not mean to assault a family member, our team can plead your case.
- Self-defense: The law allows individuals to use force if they fear for their life. If you were defending yourself from harm, the charges against you may be dropped.
- Police misconduct: The police must follow the law as they investigate the accusations made against you. If officers failed to handle evidence properly or did not read you your rights, it could be argued that the case against you is faulty.
How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?
Allegations of domestic violence can carry severe consequences. Jail time, fines, and a criminal record are just some of the penalties you may face for a domestic violence conviction. If you are facing criminal charges, the best way to protect yourself is to hire a criminal defense lawyer who will fight for your rights in court.
At Territorial Law, we understand just how much is at stake when facing domestic abuse charges. We are confident that with our background and legal knowledge, we can reduce or even remove the penalties you are facing. To receive a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you, call our office at 928-955-7191.