When a person is charged with domestic abuse, they may expect a long, drawn-out trial ahead of them. But this is not always the case. In fact, most domestic abuse cases can be resolved without going to trial.
Trial can be incredibly stressful, regardless of the crime. However, a defendant in a domestic violence trial is not only the subject of a criminal case, but also the potential alienation from family and friends that goes alongside such allegations. Domestic abuse charges are often the “last straw” in the relationship and may lead to other complications such as divorce. These are only a few reasons why it’s ideal to work with a lawyer to avoid going to trial.
How Can I Avoid Taking a Domestic Violence Case to Trial?
If you have been arrested for domestic violence charges, which may include anything from assault, cyberstalking, or criminal harassment, it’s important to first remember your Miranda rights and to ask for a lawyer. Having proper representation on your side like Gracia & Mintz can help you navigate the coming months and may even minimize jail time and other harsh penalties.
As we mentioned before, it’s not always necessary to take a domestic violence case to trial to reach an amenable agreement with the prosecution.
It is important to respect and follow the orders set by the court as you move through your case, which may include:
No contact orders. After an arrest is made, the victim may request a no contact order, which prevents any contact between the two parties. While this can be considered a severe order, because it is black and white, it can be simpler to follow.
Partial orders of protection. Partial orders often allow the defendant to have contact with the victim but include ambiguous language explaining not to assault, threaten, harass, or interfere with the victim. Though these orders may appeal at first because they are a less restrictive order compared to a full no contact order, they create a gray area that can cause confusion and conflict.
Don’t pick up new arrests. This may go without saying, but any additional arrests, regardless of the alleged crime, can complicate your pending domestic violence case significantly, and may even increase the chance of it going to trial.
Hire an Attorney to Help You Through Your Domestic Abuse Case
The lawyers at Gracia & Mintz have a long track record of success in representing clients charged with domestic abuse. With our team by your side, you have a better chance of getting your case dismissed or the charges reduced.
Our experienced domestic abuse attorneys fight for our clients. Contact us today at (301) 842-8584 to schedule a free consultation.