October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the US. Across the country, many people are victims of this unfortunate crime. It is important that we recognize this month and ensure that victims have the ability and resources to find the help the need to escape troubled relationships.
It is also important that we recognize the fact that, unfortunately, all too often false claims of domestic violence are made against innocent parties. This could be done out of rage, spite, or to gain an advantage in a family law matter. Typically, what happens first is a complaint is made by a party or a neighbor/friend/relative. When the police arrive on scene, often times one party makes a false report in order to punish or harass the other. From there, an arrest is made and charges are filed.
There are several consequences that stem from a domestic violence accusation. First, there can be an injunction filed. If you stipulate to the injunction or lose at a subsequent injunction hearing, you could lose several rights, including the right to own a firearm, the right to be in your own home, or even the right to see your children. Additionally, a crime of domestic violence can be either a misdemeanor of felony, depending on the facts and circumstances. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you fight these charges and clear your name. Many times we see clients who have been falsely accused after a misunderstanding by police. In these situations, we fight aggressively to have the charges against our clients dropped, which prevents our clients from having to pay hefty fines, perform community service hours, and take domestic violence courses (which can last 26 to 52 weeks and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.)
If you have been accused of a crime of domestic violence, call Taracks & Associates today at 813-281-2897. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience you need to clear your name. We know that these charges are embarrassing and have the potential to change your life as you know it. Call today for a free consultation. Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.