When a relationship sours, false allegations of domestic violence or spousal abuse are often made to gain leverage in a divorce or child custody proceeding or just to get even. In other cases, an argument escalates, shouting gives way to pushing, a neighbor hears the commotion and calls 911, things get blown out of proportion, and before long the police arrest and jail one or both parties.
Whatever the case may be, once the machinery of a domestic violence case has been set in motion it can be very difficult to turn back. Because too many domestic violence cases have ended tragically, police, prosecutors and judges take all allegations of domestic violence seriously even in cases where the evidence is scant or the accuser tries to retract their accusation.
Many people are under the impression that the prosecution will dismiss a domestic violence case as soon as the accuser asks for the charges to be dropped. This is incorrect. With or without the blessing or cooperation of the accuser, the prosecution can and frequently does go forward with domestic violence charges.
In short, domestic abuse or spousal abuse cases can be complicated and difficult cases. Not only that, the law is unforgiving when it comes to domestic violence. People convicted of domestic violence crimes face incarceration as well as loss of certain rights that we enjoy as citizens.
If you are a hunter or gun owner, you should know that pleading guilty to a crime of domestic violence even on the misdemeanor level will adversely impact your 2nd Amendment rights to purchase and own a firearm. A domestic violence conviction can also lead to permanent restraining orders, loss of your home, loss of career opportunities, damage to your reputation, and even affect your ability to see your own children.
At Samuelson Law, attorney Derek Samuelson serves both men and women facing domestic violence-related charges including Assault, Violation of a Protection Order, Violation of a Restraining Order, Harassment, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, and Menacing. We have extensive experience defending against domestic violence allegations and understand the highly sensitive nature of these cases. We will do everything in our power to protect your rights, your reputation, your freedom, and your future.
Do not stand at the bar of justice alone. Count on the trial-tested experience of criminal defense lawyer Derek Samuelson. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.