Following an alleged instance of domestic violence, the victim has the right to file an order for protection (OFP). This is even before anyone decides guilt. Never violate this order, no matter how unjust it seems. Violating an OFP can end up resulting in additional criminal charges and stiffer penalties. Seek assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney at the outset when accused of domestic violence.
If you are found guilty of domestic violence, you could face anywhere from 90 days to 5 years in prison. A felony charge also carries up to a $10,000 fine.
In some instances, you may be offered counseling or anger management courses. These are usually mandatory. If you do not attend these courses, you could be violating your probation and may face further penalties.
It is important to act fast after an arrest. Even if a purported victim recants, prosecutors may still seek a criminal conviction. The first thing you need to do is call Rivers Law Firm, P.A., at 612-915-0355 or send a summary of your concerns and speak with Bruce Rivers during a free case evaluation.