The California penal code takes domestic violence allegations extremely seriously. It is not uncommon for a domestic violence call to end in an arrest and a formal charge.
A domestic violence claim isn’t hard to make – and that’s still a long way from a conviction. That being said, there are costly missteps that you want to avoid if you are charged with domestic violence.
1. Disregarding court orders
It is not uncommon for the court to release defendants on bail while awaiting the outcome of the case – but under certain conditions. More than likely, you still have to keep a certain distance from the plaintiff at all times and cannot leave with state without the court’s approval. Violating your bail terms, especially the protective order is a criminal offense that gives rise to additional charges even if you are not found guilty of domestic violence.
Even if you’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence, violating the court order by trying to reach out to your accuser for whatever reason will most likely land you in trouble. No judge will be kind to you if they have reason to believe that you have no respect for the court.
2. Discussing your case with others
It’s tempting to want to give your side of the story to everyone, especially if the alleged crime didn’t happen in the first place. However, this too can be a serious mistake. Keep in mind that what you say might end up in the ears of the prosecution, and they can use this against you during the trial. You are better off refraining from discussing your case with anyone other than your legal representative. This includes talking about the matter on social media.
Protecting your rights
Being accused and charged with domestic violence is a big deal. Knowing the do’s and don’ts when facing domestic violence charges can help you avoid mistakes that can complicate your case.