Instances of domestic violence can be troubling for families and communities and can have a significant impact on individuals accused of domestic violence. Today, domestic violence can refer to more than alleged instances of violence between married couples. Domestic violence can include violence between roommates, relatives, co-habiting partners such as boyfriends and girlfriends and may be applied in other situations as well.
When an alleged domestic violence situation arises, it is important to understand that the prosecutor in the case has control over the situation. Prosecutors have discretion which is why it is helpful for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and options. In domestic violence circumstances, it is also important to keep in mind that prior acts may be considered and children may be permitted to testify in some circumstances without the accused individual's representation questioning them.
Domestic violence allegations and accusations oftentimes have a significant amount of stigma associated with them and some of the rules surrounding domestic violence charges may be a concern for accused individuals. As a result, it is important for individuals accused of domestic violence to understand that it may be possible to challenge the charges they are facing by questioning the evidence against them. Each situation is different but challenges may be based on how evidence was collected and if it was collected in violation of the accused individual's rights.
A strong criminal defense strategy is important for accused individuals to consider. Any individual accused of a crime and facing criminal charges has important legal protections they should be familiar with.