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What should defendants know about domestic violence charges?

Domestic violence charges can come from a host of situations that you might not even think are actually forms of domestic violence. Many people think of domestic violence as a person being beaten by his or her spouse.

There are many different types of domestic abuse and many different relationship types that can be included in domestic violence. Knowing these points might help you if you are facing these charges.

What relationships might lead to domestic violence charges?

A spouse can face this charge for abusing the other spouse. People who live together can face these charges, as can people who have a child together. People who have previously lived together but aren't living together any longer might also be able to face these types of charges.

What types of actions are included in domestic violence?

Physical abuse is the most obvious type of domestic violence. Other forms include sexual abuse, financial abuse and emotional abuse. In all of these cases, the victim of the crime suffers at the hands of a person he or she loves.

What should a person accused of domestic violence know?

Domestic violence charges can lead to life changes that you might not be prepared for. Since these charges are violent crime charges, they can mean that you lose the right to own a gun. In some cases, domestic violence can alter the child custody agreement that you have for your children.

The best thing that you can do when you are facing domestic violence charges is to plan your defense carefully. Don't just sit back and pretend like these charges don't exist.

Source: FindLaw, "Domestic Violence," accessed July 06, 2017

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