What Can Happen When You’re Arrested for Domestic Violence
When you have been arrested, it is important to understand what you have been arrested for. If you were arrested for Domestic Violence, it means that you were arrested for allegations that you assaulted a family or household member. A family or house hold member is someone you live or have lived with, and can include any person related by blood or marriage, or someone you share a child with, regardless of your marital status.
Once you have been arrested for Domestic Violence, there is a lot of work to be done between your arrest and a conviction. If you are found guilty of Domestic Violence, or enter a plea of No Contest, you will face a minimum of one-year probation. You will also be required to complete a Batterers’ Intervention Program. This is a class that is very difficult. The class takes 26 weeks to complete and requires your utmost dedication in order to complete it. The class is a condition of probation, so if the class is not properly completed, you will face a Violation of Probation. This difficult process is why it is so important to have an experienced and trusted attorney on your side to guide you throughout the deration of your case.
If you are convicted of Domestic Violence, and it was determined that you intentionally caused bodily harm to the victim, you could also be facing a jail term. Your prior criminal record is important in this situation.
- If this arrest is your first Domestic Violence offense, you will face a minimum of 10 days in the county jail;
- If it is your second Domestic Violence offense you will face a minimum of 15 days in the county jail;
- For your third Domestic Violence offense, you will face a minimum of 20 days in the county jail.
- These sentences will be increased if a child under the age of 16, who is a family or household member, was present at the time the crime was committed.
- If this situation occurred you will serve a minimum of 15 days in the county jail for your first offense;
- a minimum 20 days in the county jail for your second offense, and;
- a minimum of 30 days in the county jail for your third offense.
** This is why is important to be honest with your attorney about your prior criminal history and the circumstances of your arrest.
When the time comes to speak to an attorney about these issues, you want someone who is trustworthy, understanding, and experienced. Attorney Matthew Thompson is a former prosecutor, and has handled hundreds of Domestic Violence cases in his career. He has the knowledge and experience to proactively defend your case, make sure your rights are protected, and will take the necessary steps to help you put your life back together after your arrest. Call Thompson Law at (386) 463-4529 to speak to Mr. Thompson and to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.