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Accused of domestic violence? Stand up for yourself

Being accused of domestic assault puts you in a difficult position. When the police arrive, their goal is going to be to keep the alleged victim safe, and that could lead to you being arrested even if you're not guilty of anything.

It's important to fully understand the allegations against you. Don't agree that you were violent toward your spouse or partner if you weren't. You don't need to admit something that didn't happen. Domestic assault claims need to be fully vetted so that your rights are protected, too.

If a dispute did become physical at home, you could face some serious consequences, including jail time. Certain situations may allow for you to participate in a first offender program, which would allow you to go through an anger management course. The case stays open for two years, but if no other reports are filed, your case is then dismissed.

Accepting this program doesn't mean that the charge will be eliminated from your records. In fact, your records will continue to show that you were charged with domestic assault. On top of that, if your relationship is already a struggle, just one allegation that you've broken the terms of your sentence could lead to you going back to court.

It's important to protect yourself when you're accused of these crimes. Our website has more information on the steps you can take to make sure your reputation isn't ruined by unfair arrests or allegations against you during troubling times in your relationship. You deserve to have your side of the story heard, so don't let your chance slip away. Our website has more information on domestic violence and what to do if you've been accused of this crime.

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