Know how to defend yourself against domestic violence charges

If you're charged with domestic violence, you'll immediately have concerns about the impact on your life. For example, if you're going through the divorce process, your soon to be ex-spouse may accuse you of domestic violence as a means of increasing their chance of gaining full custody of your children.

Since the impact of a domestic violence conviction can be far-reaching, it's critical to defend yourself appropriately. Here are some defense strategies that can help:

  • Self-defense: The most common defense strategy used in domestic violence cases, it's when you argue that you had to fight back in order to protect yourself, your children or someone else.
  • False allegations: The other individual could make false allegations for many reasons, such as to strengthen a child custody case or to get back at you for something you did to them in the past.
  • Wrong person: This is when you claim that another person was responsible for the violence. To use this strategy, it's critical to present evidence proving that you were not at the scene of the crime.

If you neglect to properly defend yourself against domestic violence charges, there's a greater chance of a conviction. And when that happens, the consequences can reach many parts of your life.

As noted above, a conviction of domestic violence during divorce can make it a challenge to gain custody of your children. Furthermore, and depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime, a conviction could land you in prison.

Rather than take a risk with your future, learn more about the charges against you and how to successfully defend yourself.

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