Being Charged With Domestic Violence Is Serious
A domestic violence crime is defined as physical violence, or the threat of physical violence against, a spouse or a live in partner, a former spouse or live in partner, a family member, a dating partner or roommate.
Connecticut treats family violence crimes very seriously. Unfortunately, the best way to proceed in court after a domestic violence arrest is counterintuitive to what most arrested lay persons believe is in their best interest. That is why you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Attorney Pamala J. Favreau to help you extract yourself from the legal quagmire you will find yourself in after an arrest for a domestic violence crime.
What To Expect After Being Charged With Domestic Violence
If you are arrested for a domestic violence crime in Connecticut, most likely a criminal protective order will issue that protects the other party. You will automatically be placed on the automated Connecticut Registry of Protective Orders. Thereafter you will be prohibited from possessing any guns or ammunition. You may also be prohibited from entering your own home or seeing your children even if you are paying the costs of your residence.
A criminal protective order may also require that the arrested person live outside the home until the court orders otherwise pending the disposition of their case. This is true even if they are the sole owner and financially responsible for the home or the sole person named and financially responsible on the lease for any rental home.
Although you may have only been arrested for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, if you violate the criminal protective order issued at your arraignment you can be charged with the felony offense of violating a criminal protective order.
There is a Domestic Violence Education Program available which is a pretrial diversionary program that will result in a dismissal of the charges, if granted by the court and successfully completed by the defendant, but repeated violations of domestic violence laws usually result in severe consequences including incarceration. Remember, the court is concerned about your response to a domestic argument if you are seeking a diversionary program.
Hire An Experienced Attorney
It is very important to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Attorney Pamala J. Favreau prior to appearing in court on a domestic violence charge due to the serious nature of the domestic violence laws in Connecticut. Don’t go it alone! Call attorney Pamala Favreau at 860-634-1767 and let her put her experience to work for you. You may also arrange a free consultation using this simple email form.