When people are arguing, it is not uncommon for things to quickly escalate. Any time emotions are involved, there is a good possibility that things said or done are taken out of context, and this can lead to misunderstandings that get out hand fast. In some instances, these emotions become so overwhelming that some type of violence is also involved. If that happens, there may be a claim of domestic violence made, and this type of criminal case presents problems that do not exist in other criminal matters.
When a claim of domestic violence is made, it sets in motion a chain of events that is difficult to stop. Two problems that this presents in domestic violence cases are:
● If 911 is called, someone is going to jail. It is the policy of most law enforcements agencies that, if the police respond to a domestic violence complaint, someone is going to jail. Unfortunately, this arbitrary rule also applies when someone else makes the complaint, like a neighbor or passerby.
● A domestic violence arrest can often lead to a judge issuing a No Contact Order. This means that you can have no contact with the alleged victim, including sharing the same residence or speaking on the phone. This, of course, can pose a significant hardship on a married couple or family.
These problems are unique to domestic violence cases, and can present obstacles to defending this type of case. Our goal is to respect the safety needs of you and your family, while still aggressively defending your case. Our office does not condone domestic violence, but we do understand how the emotional aspect of these types of cases can wreak havoc with the laws that have been put in place to protect potential victims. In order to walk this fine line, it is essential to gather all of the evidence and put on the strongest defense possible. For answers to your questions about domestic violence, and how it can impact your daily life, call us today.
Again, once the domestic violence machine is set in motion, it is hard to stop. But, our law firm has a lot of success returning our client’s lives back to normal. We can work to get the No Contact Order lifted, and we can work to get the case dismissed or reduced.
If you want more information about how to defend a domestic violence charge, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West to schedule an appointment today.