Domestic violence charges can hamper your relationships, career, and life. If convicted, you will face many challenges, including potential jail time and a permanent criminal record. If you are accused of domestic violence, it’s critical to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to learn what your rights are and what strategies may be used in your defense. Here are three ways you may be able to defend domestic violence charges.
Questioning the Motives of the Accuser
False accusations of domestic violence are sometimes brought forward by a person trying to obtain control over someone else. For example, one parent going through a divorce may claim that the other parent abused them in order to obtain custody of the child. Questioning the motives of the accuser can often expose individuals who are lying for their own gain.
Many people accused of domestic violence were actually defending themselves against violence instigated against them. If you defended yourself after being hurt or threatened by someone else, and you exacted only enough force to stop the violence and keep yourself from harm, the charges against you may be dropped.
The Relationship Wasn’t Considered “Domestic” in Nature
The law defines domestic violence as violence that occurs in domestic but not parental relationships. For example, the relationship between spouses or people who are dating is the most common type of domestic relationship. However, other people may be considered to have a domestic relationship if they are a member of the household or a former member of the household.
If someone made a complaint against you for domestic violence, ensure that the relationship between you and the accuser is indeed considered “domestic” from a legal standpoint. If not, you may be able to have the case dismissed.
Contact Schwartz & Krysinski, LLP Today
If you were accused of domestic violence, don’t wait to get the help you need. Waiting to get legal support could mean that your accuser has more time to compile evidence and a case against you.
Contact our law firm today for advice on what your legal rights are in a domestic violence case and what your next step should be. Our experienced defense lawyers are available now to assist you. Call now at (718) 643-9333.