By: Andrew Martinez
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The Consequences of a Holiday Season Domestic Dispute
The holiday season is a cheerful time for many as they spend time with their loved ones and reflect on another year gone by. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also associated with a rise in domestic violence incidents.
Is it due to the increased financial stress? Is it a result of the increase in alcohol consumption? Is it tied to the additional time spent with volatile family members? Regardless of the reason, it is important to understand the potential criminal and collateral consequences of a domestic violence charge.
Do You Have Kids?
You want to spend the holidays making memories with your children. If you are accused of domestic violence, you may be barred from entering your family home and spending time with your children until the underlying case is sorted out.
Do You Have Guns?
You can kiss them goodbye. A domestic violence conviction will result in you losing your second amendment right to possess firearms.
Are You Getting Divorced?
Back to the topic of children, being accused of domestic violence in the midst of a divorce can be devastating to your family law case. It can decrease your chances of protecting your parental rights and result in a custody arrangement that is tilted to your ex.
No Kids or Guns?
Even if you do not have children or firearms, a domestic violence accusation can have major consequences. If the police are called to your home, you will be going to jail. They have a duty to remove the presumed aggressor from the property and will not be willing to let you talk your way out of it.
Speaking of talking, the only talking you should be doing after a domestic incident is talking to an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your rights.