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What should you do if you are facing domestic violence charges?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Facing troubles or disputes at home is common. However, when these disputes develop into domestic violence accusations, you can suddenly find yourself facing worries – and risks – you never imagined. What are the next steps you should take in these situations?

First: Remember you are innocent until proven guilty

The United States criminal justice system requires the prosecution to prove you committed a crime for you to face a conviction and criminal penalties. That means you are not guilty unless the prosecution can prove otherwise.

Facing domestic violence charges can be frightening. It is easy to get ahead of yourself and worry about how they could affect your future, family and reputation. You must remember that it is not the end. You are innocent until proven guilty, and there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

3 more steps you must take

It is important to take these charges seriously. There are three measures you must consider moving forward, including:

  1. Do not contact the other party: You may want to clear up misunderstandings regarding the domestic violence charges. However, it is best to avoid any contact with the person who filed charges against you. You do not want to put yourself at risk. This is even more critical if the other party obtained a restraining order.
  2. Remain silent: This is your right under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. You do not have to answer questions during an investigation or interrogation with New Jersey law enforcement. It can be tempting to speak up to clear your name, but remaining silent can be critical to avoid incriminating yourself.
  3. Seek help: Legal guidance and experienced defense are critical when facing these charges. An attorney can help to find the facts and protect your rights throughout this stressful process.

There is so much on the line when facing criminal charges. Remembering your rights and taking these steps can make a difference in safeguarding your future.