Domestic abuse is a serious offense. If you are given a domestic violence charge, you might also be charged with assault, battery, or other offenses. You risk jail time and other punishments if you are found guilty of domestic abuse. The seriousness of the crime and whether it was a first or subsequent offense determine the specific punishments for domestic violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

The use of force (or a threat of using force) against a family member, spouse, or another person with whom you have an intimate relationship is considered domestic violence. Domestic violence can occur without any physical harm being done to the victim.

Physical abuse, sexual assault, emotional, financial, and psychological abuse are examples of domestic violence. It may also involve harassment and stalking. Depending on how severe the assault was and whether a weapon was used, domestic violence can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony.

When to Consider a Guilty Plea?

You might not think admitting guilt to domestic violence charges is in your best interests. Still, depending on the specifics of your case, it might be acceptable if it allows you to deal with the charge while minimizing the overall impact on your life.

For instance, pleading guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence can be the wisest course of action if the prosecutor has substantial evidence against you, and a conviction could result in lengthy jail time.

Keep in mind that if you enter a guilty plea to a domestic violence charge, your record will reflect a criminal conviction. Your ability to find work, affordable housing, qualify for government financial aid, and otherwise move on with your life could be harmed by this decision.

To decide whether entering a guilty plea is the best course of action, you and your attorney must carefully examine each specific aspect of your case.

Don’t Go It Alone

If you have been charged with domestic abuse, you should immediately speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate your charges and give you frank legal counsel regarding your best course of action.

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