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Domestic violence circumstances vary considerably

Domestic violence is something that must be taken very seriously. In fact, it is possible for people who aren't involved in the incident to become involved. Some people might decide to contact the police department. If the police report to the scene, you and your significant other might not have any say in what happens. Instead, you might find that the officers decide that charges are going to be placed against you.

If you find yourself facing domestic violence charges, you will have to work on a defense to those charges. This must take the circumstances of the alleged incident into account. You can't base your defense, or lack thereof, on the victim dropping the charges. This isn't something that can happen once the prosecution has the case. Instead, only the prosecutor can choose not to pursue the charge.

One reason for you to work on your defense is that a conviction can impact many aspects of your life. You might not be able to have unsupervised visits with your children. You might not be able to own a gun. You may not be able to hold a job. All of these are because domestic violence is considered a violent charge.

When you are working on your defense, take the time to understand the case that is being presented against you. This is what will determine what direction your defense needs to take since you must answer the prosecutor's claims against you. The goal is to get the jurors to doubt at least part of the accusations made in the case.

Source: FindLaw, "Top 5 Domestic Violence Questions," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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