What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a form of abuse which involves people who know each other, such as partners, spouses, ex spouses, parents and children, or boyfriends and girlfriends. One definition of domestic violence is "intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent, serious bodily injury to himself, herself or another." In many cases in which a person has been accused of or charged with domestic violence or spousal abuse, he or she is seen as guilty by the public based on the arrest, rather than the facts of the situation.
Even an accusation of domestic or spousal abuse must be taken seriously, as the negative consequences may affect the rest of your life, emotionally, financially, professionally, and in many other ways. An accusation of spousal or domestic abuse may also result in loss of work, child custody issues, a restraining order, and an attack on your character.
Domestic Violence & Spousal Abuse Penalties
If you are found guilty of domestic or spousal abuse you will most likely be given a very severe punishment, possibly including:
- Anger management programs
- Felony charges
- Jail time
- Monetary fines
- Misdemeanor charges
Every year across the U.S. approximately 4 million people are the victims of assault by someone they know, and although the cruel perpetrators should be punished, many men and women are wrongfully accused of violent acts they did not commit. As you can see, it is extremely important to hire aggressive and skilled legal representation to defend your rights during this difficult time. With a domestic abuse lawyer you may be able to have your charges dropped, avoid jail time, or receive an alternative to imprisonment such as counseling or probation.