This is the first post in a series which will discuss the process of defending domestic violence charges in Louisville, Kentucky. I am writing on this topic due to the fact that many people make the mistake of seeing such incidents as a “private matter” between themselves and their accuser. The truth of the matter, however, is that if you have been arrested then you are facing serious charges. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help people fully understand their situation. I also hope this information will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting a criminal defense attorney. If you or a loved one have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- Defending against false accusations of domestic violence
- Claiming self-defense in such cases
- The process one faces after an arrest
- Attending trial in such matters
- The potential penalties one will face if they are convicted
There are several reasons why it is important to understand these issues. First, domestic violence may be the charge which is mostly likely to be based on false allegations. Such allegations sometimes arise when the accuser is attempting to gain leverage in a family law matter or when they simply wish to “get even” with their ex. Second, there are instances in which a defendant may have been arrested even though they were not the primary aggressor. They may have simply been defending themselves. Third, understanding what to expect during the process and at trial will help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. Finally, it is crucial that one understand the ramifications of a conviction.
One point I cannot stress enough is that it is vital to contact an experienced attorney to assist you in such matters. Many defendants are surprised when they realize the extent to which the prosecution sees domestic violence as a serious charge; an accused individual can be prosecuted even if the victim does not wish to press charges. By retaining counsel you help to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact my office today to speak with a Louisville lawyer.