A criminal offense in which law enforcement and prosecutors are extremely interested in pursuing is domestic violence. There can be two sides to any domestic violence charge. On the one side, a person may be in actual need of protection from violence. On the side, you can become a victim to exaggerated or false claims. If you or a family member are being prosecuted for a domestic violence crime, you will need a committed criminal defense attorney to make sure that your rights are safeguarded.
The state of Missouri statutes states domestic abuse as "assault, battery, coercion, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking or unlawful imprisonment" of one person by another. Typically, it refers to acts against someone who is a household member or a family member. It may also apply to an adult who has been in a romantic or social relationship with the alleged abuser on a regular basis. If this applies to your situation, it is very important to understand the actions that will be taken against you. Also, it is important to understand what your legal options are.
A temporary or "ex parte" order of protection from the Missouri court may have been filed by the person who accused you of domestic violence. They can file this without your knowledge. The order will only be good for fifteen days or until a hearing is set. At the hearing, the court may decide to provide a permanent restrain order against you and issues orders on important items such as custody, visitation rights, and child support. It is impreative that you have aggressive and knowledgable representation at this hearing.
Aside from the hearing, the criminal charges for domestic violence will need a positive resolution. An investigation by the firm may reveal the charges against you were done in order to gain advantage, such as in divorce proceedings or for other unlawful reasons. Often it can be proved that you only took certain actions to protect yourself and the other person was, in fact, the instigator of the violence. You must know what can be done to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.
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