There are some things we would like you to know about what to do after you have received domestic violence charges. After you have been charged, there will be a no contact order put in place so that you have absolutely no contact whatsoever with the victim. Let us guide you through the process of what you should and shouldn’t do.
Arraignment Happens First
Arraignment will be the first procedure that takes place after you have been formally charged. Your attorney will usually advise that you do not plead guilty, especially when you believe that you have done nothing wrong, or maybe have a defense to use in your case.
The Introduction of the No Contact Order
A No Contact order will be ordered in many cases, where you (the defendant) will not have any contact with the alleged victim. In most cases, because domestic violence is treated so seriously, the order will usually be extended to a victim’s home, their place of employment, and even to their children. Though this is a difficult situation, you should never break the order. Even if you happen to work in the same building with your spouse or girlfriend, or you have children with them, you should never violate it, because it will put you in a dismal position. Even if they tell you that they want to work things out and be around you, you should never break the order before the trial.
Why is it wrong to contact the alleged victim and break the order? You could end up facing serious penalties, such as being jailed or slapped with a fine for doing so. You could also essentially destroy certain aspects of your case, where the judge would have once listened to your side of the story. Even consensual contact, with given permission, is still a violation of the order and can quickly be held against you if the victim so chooses. It is a criminal act to break the order, and you want to avoid being charged with a new crime while you are already fighting domestic violence charges.
You need legal help if you want to successfully defend yourself in a case of domestic violence. We can spend time on your matters when you are facing charges even though you know you haven’t committed a crime. Call us for more information on how we can help.