Domestic violence is a serious offense that can affect your life in many ways. According to Maryland’s 2016 Senate Bill 578/HB 167, this crime involves an act of abuse against a current or former spouse, a cohabitant or a relative by blood, marriage or adoption. If someone in these categories accuses you of an abusive act, you may be charged with domestic violence.
Here are four mistakes to avoid when this happens:
Once you learn of the accusation, you may be tempted to contact the alleged victim. However, think twice before doing this because what you say or do can worsen the situation. Avoid calling, texting or visiting them while your case is pending and, in some cases, even after it ends.
Discussing the case with others
Undoubtedly, you may want to discuss the case with your loved ones to give your side of the story. While this is understandable, anything you say can be used against you. Thus, avoid discussing the case with others or posting it on social media.
Although you should not reach out to the involved party or discuss the case, doing nothing and believing the truth will come out may not help you. Domestic violence is a sensitive issue in society, which means the state pursues it strongly to protect alleged victims. Thus, a false allegation can become serious, if you don’t get professional help.
Not having evidence
You need evidence when fighting a domestic violence charge. Write down everything you remember of the incident and list all witnesses. Gather any information that can solidify your defense.
Fighting a domestic abuse charge can be complicated, but it’s possible. The right defense strategies can protect you.