If you recently received domestic violence charges, your next few steps are very important. Until you’re the one facing such charges, you may hold broad assumptions about anyone who gets accused of domestic violence. Then again, when the charges hang around your own neck, you may suddenly realize that there is a great deal of room for nuance and misunderstanding when law enforcement hands out domestic violence charges.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is a legal area where politicians can reliably wring support out of a voter base by passing harsh sentencing guidelines and claiming to be “tough on crime.”
What does this mean for you? You may believe you are innocent, or you may worry that the charges are partially accurate, but it is unlikely that you’ll receive fair sentencing. In any case, it is important to protect your freedom and future by building a strong defense as soon as you can.
Are your charges unfair?
One of America’s founding legal principles is a citizen’s innocence until proven guilty. Sadly, the presence of allegations of misconduct can derail your personal and professional life, even if the charges never result in a conviction. This is all the more reason to begin fighting charges immediately, to mitigate any damages the charges themselves can do.
This is a very tricky area, because far too many legitimate victims never charge their attackers, which is not a pattern of justice. However, it is also true that many individuals make false allegations against others, either out of malice or because of a sincere misunderstanding. You may face allegations of violence that legitimately belong to someone else, or your accuser may lie about the situation.
Similarly, in many cases, a conflict is far more two-sided than it appears at first glance. If you committed an act of violence to protect yourself against another act of violence, this may affect the charges.
Are your charges a misunderstanding?
It’s no secret that many people have complex desires when it comes to their sex lives. However, despite the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey sold over 100 million copies worldwide, much of the public pretends that “normal” relationships never blur the lines between violence and passion.
In reality, many personal encounters involve intense physicality, or may begin consensually, only for one party to change his or her mind after the fact.
While these matters are not commonly discussed in professional contexts, a good attorney will not cower to silly social norms if it means risking your freedom.