Innocent until proven guilty. This is the principle upon which our justice system stands.
However, in cases of family violence and domestic assault, it can sometimes seem like the cards are stacked against you. We understand the pain of this position and we do everything in our power to defend our clients against unjust and unfounded accusations.
That said, these cases are not always as desperate as they might seem. If you ever feel helpless, please consider some of the power you would hold as an accused person.
One of the most common mistakes we see is people who lose their tempers when someone accuses them of a crime. If you find yourself tempted to lash out against police or against your accuser, try to resist this if at all possible. Any outburst could weaken your case.
We have seen some strong cases against domestic violence accusations. Some of these charges are so outrageous that it is a wonder the prosecuting attorneys pursue the cases at all. However, accused people have the power to undermine even the strongest cases with only a few words. Staying silent is often one of the best ways to protect your rights.
Respect the court
By the same token, we would urge any of our clients to respect any court orders. Especially in terms of family violence accusations, no-contact orders tend to be temporary. Also, they depend on the success of the prosecutor’s case. A single violation, however, has the potential to turn a temporary restraining order into a felony charge with potential lifelong consequences.
In summary, you might have a great deal of power over your future — even if you feel confused and powerless after someone accuses you of a crime. Please ensure that you use that power in your own best interests. Please continue on our main website to read more.