When most people think of domestic violence, they think of spousal abuse, but domestic violence charges can also involve family members, roommates, ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends and others who are in a domestic relationship.
If you have been charged with assault or battery against a member of your family or household, you are facing a domestic violence charge. You should contact a qualified lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights in a system that can deprive you of your freedom before you are even convicted.
The Garza Law Firm understands the effect an accusation of domestic violence can have on your job and your life and offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your options.
Many counties in East Tennessee have separate units or separate attorneys that focus on domestic violence cases. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, the court may issue a special bond condition preventing you from having contact with your accuser.
As a result, you will be prevented from contacting your spouse and your children or even going near your home or your spouse’s place of employment. You will also be prevented from buying guns, and you will be ordered to turn in any guns you own.
Special bond conditions (sometimes referred to as restraining orders) are intended to protect domestic violence victims from physical violence, stalking and harassment. They are important tools for protecting people, but they are not always necessary or appropriate.
We can seek to have the order removed by showing the court that it is not needed. You should not attempt to contact the victim yourself, however, as you could be jailed and charged with an additional crime for violating the no-contact order.
Only your lawyer should attempt to negotiate with the victim. If you are convicted of domestic violence, it can affect your job, your family life and your freedom. It can also be used against you in a divorce or child custody dispute.