Being charged with domestic violence can be stressful, and thinking about the potential penalties may worsen the situation. This offense is sensitive; accordingly, state and federal governments take it seriously. You might face severe penalties. For this reason, it helps to be careful about everything you do.
Here are four mistakes to avoid when charged with domestic violence.
1. Contacting the accuser
Of course, you may want to contact the accuser to ask them why they are doing this and perhaps ask them to drop it. However, this may disadvantage you, as anything you say to them can be used against you. You should avoid contacting them or using a third party to do so.
2. Violating a restraining order
If the accuser has a restraining order against you, avoid violating it. Read the order and follow the rules it lays down. You should avoid areas you suspect you may run into them and when you see them, do not approach them. Violating a restraining order is seen as contempt of court, which means you may face an additional charge.
3. Not putting your evidence together
When you learn of the allegation, you should write down everything you remember about the incident and a list of witnesses. You should not postpone or overlook this, as you may forget crucial details.
4. Discussing the case with anybody
You need to avoid discussing the case with others or posting it on social media. Undoubtedly, you may want to talk to someone about it, but the police may interview your loved ones. Thus, consider going to therapy to get the help you need during the case so that you retain your privacy.
If you are charged with domestic violence, legal guidance can help you explore all your defense options and protect your legal interests.