Don’t let holiday stress lead to domestic violence

The winter holidays are very tense times for some families. The stress level is increased over what is common during other parts of the year. There are a few reasons for this. People might get upset that the finances are so tight right now. Having to plan for family gatherings might be intense. Things might be even more insane than usual at work. All of these can come together to make you feel irritable. We understand, but try to find ways to keep your cool.

One thing that you don’t need to happen this holiday season is to end up in jail on charges of domestic violence. Your home is your safe space, but don’t take out your anger and frustrations on the people who love you the most. Even if you are feeling upset at a family gathering, remember that nobody is worth having a criminal record.

We know that things might get out of hand sometimes. You are only human and might make mistakes in how you handle a contentious situation. If something does happen and you end up facing domestic violence charges, we are here to help you explore your options for presenting a defense against the charges.

It is important to think carefully about what you are going to do. There are times when fighting the charges to the end might be appropriate. In other cases, trying to reduce the severity of the penalties you will face is the priority. We can’t decide which avenue you should follow, but we can help you to work toward the goal when you make your choice.