Almost everyone gets into a verbal altercation at some point in their life. Most of the time, these disputes fizzle out with nothing more than some feelings of anger and hurt emotions. Then, life goes on. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, some disputes turn physical in nature and can even result in injuries. When this happens, or one of a whole host of other statutorily identified acts, allegations of criminal wrongdoing can be made, the consequences of which can be quite serious.
If the alleged victim of a physical dispute lives in your household, someone who used to live in your household, is someone you’re dating, or someone you share a child with or are expecting to share a child with, then you might be accused of domestic violence. When that happens, you need to proceed carefully, because there could be much more at stake than jail time and damage to your reputation. Consider the following:
- Your weapons can be seized by the police
- You can be prevented from possessing a firearm and other weapons
- An emergency temporary restraining order may be issued before you have a chance to address the allegations
- The no-contact order may require you to leave the residence
- You can be arrested and jailed for violating no-contact orders stemming from a domestic violence case
- Allegations of domestic violence can affect your ability to see your children, and they may have serious ramifications in any pending divorce or custody proceedings.
You’ll eventually have your day in court to address both a no-contact order and criminal charges, if any were levied against you. Emotions often run high in these types of cases, and as a result it can quickly devolve into a he-said, she-said scenario. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, be prepared with strong legal arguments supported by the facts so that you aren’t unnecessarily limited in your movements and forced to endure the penalties associated with a criminal conviction.