Domestic violence charges pose an issue for the defendants because they might feel as though their entire world is crashing down on them. In many cases, the loved ones who they’ve counted on are the ones who are turning against them. This is a very lonely feeling that might last a long time. One of the best ways to fight this is to try to show that you aren’t guilty when you are going through the criminal case.
There are many reasons why domestic violence cases seem to be handled based on the victim’s word. For one thing, only around one out of every four domestic violence incidents are ever reported to the police. This automatically makes police officers assume that something serious happened if the person called the police, especially if the incident occurred in a neighborhood that is notorious for not involving police officers in any situation.
In all 50 states, laws encourage arrests in domestic violence situations. While there is some room for discretion on the part of the officers, this isn’t always the case. Plus, many officers might worry that they will be held to blame if they don’t arrest someone and another incident occurs.
For the men and women who are facing criminal charges, building a defense strategy early is imperative. It is difficult to think about the “what ifs” that come with these cases but trying to ignore the charges only means that you will have to face them eventually. Domestic violence charges aren’t likely to go away without a fight. Your job is to poke enough holes in the prosecutor’s case that jurors have reasonable doubt about the claims being made against you.