If you are facing possible consequences related to accusations of family violence, it is important to know about the criminal defense resources available to you. Criminal defense options may be able to help you navigate the aftermath of an alleged domestic violence incident.
What is considered domestic violence?
The first step to understanding the charges you are facing is to understand what is considered domestic violence. Domestic violence can include acts that are intended to cause harm against a family or household member or threats that cause a family or household member to be reasonably in fear of harm including physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault.
Acts that are intended to cause physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault against a family or household member may be considered domestic violence.
Domestic violence can take place between family and household members. It can also take place against children or children of family and household members. Domestic violence may also take place in the context of a dating relationship.
When one of these relationships exists, and harm or threats of harm are alleged, it can quickly lead to serious criminal charges in some instances.
Individuals accused of domestic violence can find themselves potentially facing removal from their home and other penalties and consequences that can impact them both personally and professionally. In some instances, domestic violence accusations may be unproven, which is why it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with the legal resources available to them.