Being convicted of any criminal wrongdoing can affect your life in a myriad of ways. But being convicted of domestic violence charges can uniquely impact your access to your children, your right to legally carry weapons and even your ability to remain in your own home. For these and a host of other reasons, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been accused of committing any kind of domestic violence.
As soon as you have been accused, insist on speaking with an experienced attorney and do not speak with law enforcement until he or she arrives. Even if you are completely innocent of all charges, it is critical that you take advantage of your right to remain silent. After all, you have no way of knowing how a law enforcement officer or prosecutor may twist your words and eventually use them against you.
It is also important to speak with your attorney if any temporary restraining orders or orders of protection are in place against you. If you violate these orders in any way, you could end up in jail. Even asking a friend to speak with your spouse about picking up or dropping off your kids could be a violation under certain circumstances. Make sure that you understand what these orders prohibit you from doing and speak with your attorney if the order keeps you from obtaining necessary property, seeing your children or getting to work.
Facing domestic violence charges may be a scary prospect. Stay calm and do not make any rash decisions. Instead, immediately consult an experienced attorney who can help you navigate your case as successfully as possible.