Domestic violence cases are complex and emotional. Once the police have been called, someone often leaves in handcuffs. Prosecutors and law enforcement take these cases very seriously and even if everyone involved would like the charges dropped, the case often still proceeds. You should seek counsel in these cases quickly. You will need advice about what to do or say if the alleged victim tries to get a restraining order. You may be prohibited from having further contact with the other party and you will need an attorney to assist you with the return of property or to communicate with your partner without violating any orders of the court. Then, of course, you will want an attorney to review the evidence and guide you through all of the possible ways to resolve the case and your possible defenses.
Our attorneys are prepared to meet with you quickly if you have been charged with a crime of domestic violence. Whether the incident leading to domestic violence charges marks the end of a domestic relationship or you continue to be involved with the other party, an attorney can offer important insight about how to proceed in the criminal case. Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff attorneys are experienced with domestic violence cases and know how to guide you through the sensitive and difficult decisions that must be made when you are facing these charges.
Don’t Underestimate Your Charges
If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need to take the charges seriously. In Massachusetts, domestic violence involves:
- Inflicting physical harm or fear of physical harm to family or household members
- You can also be charged for stalking a member of your own household
- Rape accusations can fall under domestic violence in certain circumstances
- People who can accuse you of domestic violence include:
- A spouse or former spouse
- Anyone who currently lives or previously lived in your household
- People who are or were related to you through blood or marriage
- Someone you had a child with, whether or not you were ever married or lived together.
- Couples who are in a clear romantic relationship, regardless of living status
Penalties for domestic violence convictions vary but can involve a jail or prison sentence, fines, and you can be required to attend an expensive, forty-week long batterer intervention program. Additionally, a domestic violence conviction will show up on your background checks, limited your options for employment and residence.
You Need to Protect Your Future
Domestic violence charges don’t just go away. They often go to trial and when they don’t it is often the result of the diligent and zealous advocacy of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney from Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff is ready to offer the advice, counsel, and advocacy you need.