Important Things to Know About Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic violence can result in very serious charges for those accused. These cases are both legally and emotionally complex, and can dramatically change the lives of all involved. If you are suffering from domestic violence, or have been accused of it, it is important to remember the following things about these types of cases.
- Domestic violence claims are often he-said-she-said: Unfortunately, most domestic violence cases are on a he-said-she-said basis. While one party may visibly show signs of abuse, many cases are just one party’s word against the other. For this reason, many people are falsely accused of domestic violence, when in fact they acted in self-defense or both parties were mutually involved.
- Domestic violence charges can result in a variety of punishments: Depending on the severity of the incident and the accused’s criminal history, the charges may result in a misdemeanor or felony. From as little as 30 days in jail to a life sentence in prison, domestic violence charges can seriously change the course of your life, depending on their validity and seriousness.
- These charges can seriously disrupt family life: From jail time to restricted visiting rights for parents, domestic violence charges can disrupt family life. This is especially true when accusers attempt to drop charges. In domestic violence cases, even if the victim “drops” the charges, the prosecuting attorney is the only person who can actually drop the case, so in many instances the charges are still pressed without the victim’s cooperation.
- Your best chance at success is working with an attorney: Since domestic violence charges go on your permanent criminal record, it is important to partner with an attorney who has experience representing clients in your situation.
Are you facing domestic violence charges? Have you recently been injured by a member of your family? Contact the legal team at Khatami Law to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.