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3 things to know about domestic violence charges

Learning that your husband has accused you of domestic violence is something that can make your heart seem to stop. Immediately, you will notice that some facets of your life start to change. These changes aren't going to be for the better. In fact, some of them can make you downright miserable. While you will likely have to deal with these effects in the short term, presenting a defense against the charges is the only way that you might be able to prevent your entire life from being changed. Consider these three things if you are charged with domestic violence.

Your husband can't drop the charges

Even if you and your husband end up making up, he can't drop the charges against you. While some television shows and movies show the victim dropping charges, once real-life charges are in the hands of the prosecutor, it is up to the prosecutors to decide whether to continue to pursue the charges. It is possible for your husband to stop cooperating with the prosecutors. However, this isn't always an easy option. For example, he would have to decide whether to answer the subpoena if one is issued. If he doesn't, he could face more legal issues. He could opt to show up and not answer questions, but even that is sometimes difficult.

Your family life is affected

Domestic violence charges will affect your family. When domestic violence charges are levied against you, there is a very good chance that you will be served with a no contact order. This order would prevent you from going around your husband and anyone else named in the order. This means that you likely won't be able to return home because of the order. Violating the order, even if you and he get back together, can land you in more legal trouble.

Other aspects of your life can be changed

Domestic violence charges can change almost every aspect of your life. If you are convicted, you won't be able to own a firearm legally and you couldn't have primary custody of your children. You might find that finding a place to live and holding certain jobs are difficult because of the conviction that is on your record. You likely couldn't hold any public service jobs, including caring for the elderly and working as a teacher, because of the conviction. Getting loans might be difficult and your social status will likely tank.

While you might have to deal with some of these while your case is ongoing, you might be able rebuild your life if you are found not guilty.

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