Domestic violence happens more often than most are aware of. One in three women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Furthermore, one in four men have experienced some type of domestic abuse as well.
Domestic violence charges stem from an act of violence or the threat of violence to a family member or household member. This charge includes a range of behaviors (e.g., slapping, shoving, pushing). The seriousness of the matter could be less as a misdemeanor or more as a felony, depending on the circumstances.
There are many resources available to victims of domestic violence; national hotlines and programs are available and local shelters and advocates. There are also attorneys and law enforcement officers who assist with this matter. If you feel you have been a victim of domestic violence, you should reach out to one of these resources immediately. The most important first step is to get away from your abuser and obtain a restraining order.
The most dangerous time for a victim is when leaving their abuser. When choosing to leave an abuser, surround yourself with others for support and protection. Before leaving, speak to an attorney to understand your rights and any laws that may affect you if you are taking your children.
After leaving and securing your safety, speak with an attorney regarding the next steps. Law enforcement may need to be contacted, criminal charges may need to be filed, and you may want to begin divorce proceedings. Having a knowledgeable attorney sensitive to your situation will be imperative.
Conversely, having a knowledgeable defense attorney is critical if you face a domestic violence offense charge. A conviction of charges can result in incarceration, losing the ability to possess or own a firearm, and fines. It may affect your ability to find employment. If children are involved, access to them could be affected.
The lawyers at Hoover Kacyon, LLC., are dedicated to supporting our clients. We deliver the highest quality legal representation from a team of professionals while also providing excellent customer service. Call us at 330-922-4491 or contact us online to make an appointment.