Domestic violence is one of the most commonly charged crimes. As criminal defense lawyers we literally are always defending people accused of domestic violence.
If you are accused of domestic violence, it is important that your read our page on understanding criminal bonds. If you violate bond, you can be put in jail pending a trial.
Is self defense a defense to a domestic violence charge? Yes. If you were defending yourself, it is possible to claim self defense for this charge. In fact, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were not acting in self defense. At times these cases are easy to charge, but difficult to prove.
What will I have to do if I am convicted?
- You likely will have to complete a MENS Group, which is essentially a group to help men with with power and control issues that have engaged in any type of physical violence against a woman.
- You will likely have to pay fines and costs.
- You will likely have to pay probation oversight fees and complete at least 6 months of probation.
- You will likely have to complete community service.
Will I have a permanent criminal record if I am convicted of domestic violence? Oftentimes for a first offense the prosecutor will offer a deferred sentence recommendation. This is something that is not available if you go to trial and lose. If the judge accepts this after a plea and places you on deferred status, and you successfully complete probation, this charge will be on a non-public record that can only be used for specific purposes. However, if you are ever charged again with domestic violence, you can be charged as a second habitual offender.