Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

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Domestic ViolenceConsequences in a Domestic Violence Case

Domestic Violence is a crime that carries shame and social stigma. A conviction or plea of guilty to a domestic violence or “DV” charge can result in jail, probation, fines, community service, random drug testing, fines and court costs.  Defendants may also be required to complete Anger Management classes or a Domestic Violence Intervention Program.  If you are convicted of Domestic Violence in Alabama, you will not be able to get a concealed weapons permit.

The Alabama Code on Domestic Violence can be found here in: Elements of Domestic Violence.

Some Domestic Violence cases involve dangerous individuals and real problems. However, many Domestic Violence cases start from relationship problems where one person calls the police on another person in the heat of an argument.  Domestic violence charges involve violence between family members, roommates, and anyone who is currently or ever was in a relationship with another person.

Many police departments have policies that responding officers must arrest someone.  This means that many times, once the police are called, someone is going to go to jail.

What Happens in a Domestic Violence Case in Alabama?

Many times the evidence in a Domestic Violence case is one person’s word against another. Domestic violence is a misdemeanor and therefore is initially decided by a judge.  If the judge finds you guilty, you may appeal your case and have it decided by a jury.

If the victim shows up to court to ask that the charges be dropped, some judges may put that person in jail for filing a false police report.  Other judges may allow the case to be dismissed.

Prosecutors in many Alabama counties refuse to drop or lower DV charges.  Many judges will not drop domestic violence cases even if the prosecutor asks them to do so.  This means that defendants are forced to either plead guilty or take the case to trial.

When trial is the only way to getting the charges resolved, you need a skilled and experienced lawyer to try the case.  Domestic violence cases are extremely fact-specific and may depend on one or two small facts that can mean the difference between a conviction and a “not guilty” verdict.

Domestic Violence is a misdemeanor but the charge carries severe consequences. Domestic violence convictions and even arrests can be used against you in divorce and child custody cases and can affect employment and your civil rights. These charges can be used against you as a crime of violence if you are ever charged with another crime.  As noted above, a plea or conviction will prevent you from carrying a firearm.

Eery case is different; sound legal advice can only be attained by speaking directly to a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. Contact us as soon as you are able to get representation.

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