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Domestic violence charges, protective orders and a victim’s role

Arguments at home can sometimes take a wrong turn that ends with one person being arrested for domestic violence. If you’re the one who’s facing that charge, you’re likely facing a lot of uncertainty right now. 

One thing that typically happens in these cases is that a protective order is issued. That order forbids you from contacting the alleged victim in the case. This order can rip you away from your family while the case is pending, which can be a difficult process. 

Terms of the protective order

You must ensure you understand the terms of the protective order. This will include very specific things you can’t do, such as being within a certain distance of the victim or trying to contact them via phone, chat or any other method. 

Because you won’t be able to contact them, you won’t be able to try to work out your relationship with them. This can leave a lot of things unanswered, but you shouldn’t violate the order because you can face serious legal repercussions if you violate it. 

Victim’s role in the case

You may be tempted to try to work things out with the victim so they can have the charges against you dropped. You must realize that this isn’t possible because once charges are levied, the decision about whether to drop charges or not lies solely with the prosecutor or court. 

It’s critical that you work on your defense strategy as long as the case is still pending. Working with someone who’s familiar with these matters can help you to determine how to proceed with your strategy.