When household conflict leads to domestic violence charges, it can feel overwhelming. You may wonder whether these charges will impact your career, your rights or your freedom. You may even feel as though you face these questions alone. However, you can take steps to protect yourself from these charges. What precautions might you want to take during this difficult time?
1. Avoid confronting your accuser.
While it can be tempting to try to handle the issue on your own, confronting your accuser could only lead to more challenges, especially if they have filed for a restraining order. These orders may even limit you from calling or emailing the alleged victim. As a result, even trying to resolve the issue peacefully could lead to even more legal difficulty.
2. Think before you post.
Social media is a common way to connect with family and friends or vent your frustrations. However, the things that you post or send in messages on social media could be used as evidence against you. As the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys notes, the authorities may also use social media to find witnesses and a variety of other evidence. Photos, evidence of your location, messages sent to the alleged victim and information about your location could all inform the prosecutions’ case against you. As a result, it is important that you take care when using social media.
3. Seek legal guidance.
When you face domestic violence charges, it can seem like other people do not hear your side of the story. However, having experienced legal representation by your side can help ensure that your voice is heard and that the court considers all of the relevant facts in your case. Your attorney can help you push back against these charges, navigate the limitations placed on you by a restraining order and protect your rights at every stage of the legal process.