Domestic violence involves people who are, or were, in a relationship with one another. In a domestic violence scenario, one person causes harm to the other. The relationship can be current (such as with a spouse), or it can be an old relationship, such as a former spouse or cohabitant. The charges for domestic violence depends on the severity of the injury that was inflicted on the other person and how dangerous the situation was. It is possible to be charged with misdemeanor domestic violence or felony domestic violence.
Complexities of Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic violence cases can be very complex because they don’t happen in a vacuum and are rarely one-sided. Usually a result of a highly emotional event or relationship, it can sometimes be difficult to sort fact from fiction when comparing the stories of two partners. The problem with most domestic abuse cases is that the abuse happens behind closed doors where there are no witnesses to testify to who is right and who is wrong. The evidence typically develops into a “he said, she said” scenario. This does not mean that you can’t find people to testify for you in a court of law. Many people in the lives of domestic violence defendants can tell a different story than the one that the accuser has painted, so be sure to seek out those who can help you support your case.
You Need the Proper Representation
A lawyer who specializes in domestic violence cases understands that there is a paper trail to most cases that involve medical histories and a series of other telltale signs that better proves the story than the involved parties’ statements alone. Since domestic violence is a very serious charge that can not only taint your reputation but also land you in prison, it is imperative that you hire an attorney to defend you in court. There are times when being found guilty can affect your job, child custody, and even your freedom. If you are charged with domestic violence, there is a way to build a winning defense. It takes someone who understands what to look for, how to investigate details, and how to present the best defense.
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