Arguments with a loved one can be extremely frustrating; they know just how to push your buttons. The angrier you become, the less you consider the impact of the words you say and the actions you take. If you lash out and physically assault your partner, you may be subject to domestic assault charges.

Domestic violence charges can impact all aspects of a person’s life. Those facing domestic charges can reach out to an attorney right away, to solidify a defense strategy.

What actions constitute domestic violence?

If a person takes any of these actions against a member of their former or current household, they may face criminal charges for domestic violence:

  • Assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Criminal restraint
  • Criminal coercion

In addition to this list, other criminal actions that may classify as domestic violence. For the charges to be domestic, there must be a current or former relationship between the two involved parties.

What is the relationship between the two parties?

In domestic assault situations, the relationship status between the alleged perpetrator and victim can be married, separated, divorced or any of the following:

  • Currently share a household
  • Lived together in the past
  • Have a child together
  • Are expecting a child together, meaning one party is pregnant
  • Are dating or have had a dating relationship in the past

No matter the motives behind the violent actions, the alleged perpetrator could be facing serious criminal charges. In addition, the accuser could file a restraining order, which limits a person’s freedom and could potentially prevent them from seeing their children.

If you are facing domestic assault charges, you should take action to build a strong defense, protect your rights and seek the best possible outcome for your situation.