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What to do Next if You’ve Been Accused of Domestic Violence or a Restraining Order Violation

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Romance can often be a mystery. One minute you are laughing in each other’s arms and the next, you are fighting about the smallest of things until the police are called. In these situations, even a broken plate or a flippant threat can lead to a night in jail and a   in the blink of an eye.

Furthermore, if you partner chooses to take things one step further and demand a restraining order which you then violate to try to talk to them, you could face even more charges putting you back in jail and on your way to the courtroom.

In these situations, it can be hard to know what to do next. Most likely, you’ve never been to jail before or gone through the system, and you want to know what to do to get it all over with and move on. Fortunately, we understand what this feels like, and we have compiled the best next steps to take in your situation below.

  • Compile Your Evidence

Right after the event occurs, you will likely spend a night in jail and be charged with a domestic violence charge that can be disputed in court. The date they give you for your court date tells you exactly how much time you have to compile evidence, create a valid case, and hopefully remove this charge from your record.

To compile evidence correctly, it is in your best interest to work with a qualified local domestic violence defense attorney. They can likely help you to create a case that paints you as less of a ‘monster’ and more of a passionate partner.

  • Look at the Potential Opposing Case

As you compile evidence, your ex or the state will likely be compiling evidence against you as well. Because of this, as you formulate your own case, it is best to look at what evidence they might have and formulate rebuttals along the way.

Think of this as a debate like the ones you took part in at school. Every argument requires a counter-argument to make your true nature shine through. Your attorney will likely be able to help you do this as well.

  • Work With a Qualified Domestic Violence Attorney

Lastly, it cannot be stressed enough that, as you do these first two steps, you work alongside a qualified domestic violence attorney that knows what they are doing and has a history to prove it. Without this representation, you will surely fail as most domestic violence cases tend to side with the suspected victim over the accused from the start.

If you are looking for a qualified domestic violence attorney in Clay County, feel free to  ! We at Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, P.A., are dedicated to helping defend all that have been accused in the best means possible, including you!