Move Quickly to Protect Yourself in a Domestic Violence Case
A domestic violence charge is serious, and a conviction can mean a lifetime of consequences. If you have been served with a restraining order or charged with domestic violence, you need to contact a competent attorney immediately so that you have the best chance of a favorable outcome in your case.
It is only too easy to be charged with domestic violence in Utah. In fact, police are allowed to charge an individual with domestic violence without a warrant and without having witnessed any crime — if he or she has probable cause. The defendant will be arrested, brought to jail and charged with domestic violence. Once released, the suspect is directed not to contact or harass the victim or go to their home or place of business. Violation of any of these conditions is a crime and can result in re-arrest and/or electronic monitoring.
Understand the Law
Many people think of domestic violence as a husband beating his wife. But domestic violence has a wide-ranging definition. To be convicted of domestic violence, you do not have to even hit another person — grabbing, pushing and bumping all count. And in several instances, you do not even have to touch the other person to be charged. Blocking an exit, throwing an object and even acting in a threatening manner or putting another person in fear are all causes to be charged with domestic violence. Ignorance of these laws helps contribute to Utah’s higher-than-average domestic violence rate. (One in three Utah women are victims of domestic violence, compared to one in four, countrywide.)
A domestic violence conviction can have devastating consequences for both your career and personal life. The Internet has made it all too easy for any private citizen to quickly find out about your arrest, affecting your future ability to get a job, join the military, serve as a volunteer and countless other ramifications.
Domestic violence law is intricate and complex. You need an experienced attorney in your corner to help you achieve the best possible result. Never waive your rights and admit guilt — it will follow you for the rest of your life. There are many lines of defense in a domestic violence case, and each is dependent upon the facts surrounding each claim. If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact us immediately for a free consultation to learn what to expect in court and how we can help you defend yourself against such serious charges.