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What do you need to know if charged with domestic violence?

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It can be overwhelming and confusing to face criminal charges or allegations of criminal behavior of any kind. Your future and freedom are on the line, and it is in your interests to know how to protect yourself and build a strong defense. This is especially true for Louisiana individuals facing domestic violence charges.

Domestic violence allegations can have immediate repercussions on your life. Meaning, a protective order can go into effect immediately, which may mean you cannot go home, see your kids and do other things. It is smart to take quick action to defend yourself and shield your future interests.

What is domestic violence? 

Domestic violence includes alleged violent acts committed by one family member against another. There are different types of domestic violence, and the specific criminal charges and penalties you are facing depend on the details of your individual case. The different types include:

  • Emotional abuse, which involves intentionally working to deflate a person's confidence and value
  • Physical abuse, which is any type of physical or violent harm against a family member
  • Financial abuse, which is controlling money to the point that the other person has no financial means to leave or have independence
  • Sexual abuse, which happens when one party has or attempts to have unwanted sexual contact with another

If you are facing allegations of domestic violence, chances are that you will also face a protection order against you. Even the allegation of physical harm against a family member can lead to damage to your personal reputation, career and relationship with your children.

It is prudent to take immediate action to find out how you can deal with a protective order, seek to restore any compromised rights and effectively confront any specific charges against you. There is a lot at stake, but you have the right to fight back. 

The guidance you deserve 

Domestic violence cases are tricky, and you will find it useful to have the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney as you pursue a beneficial outcome to your situation. An assessment of your specific case and explanation of the options available to you can allow you to develop a defense strategy that is effective and tailored to your needs. 

There is no time to lose – whether you are already facing charges or there are allegations negatively impacting your life, you would be wise to take quick action. You can start building a strong defense today.

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