If you are convicted of domestic violence in Connecticut or any other state, you may experience a variety of negative consequences, such as a restraining order or time in jail. Furthermore, it may be harder to find a job after being convicted of a crime. Fortunately, there are ways that you can defend yourself against allegations that you abused a spouse or other family member.
Gather evidence that disputes a victim’s story
Physical evidence and witness testimony may be used to cast doubt on the narrative presented by an alleged abuse victim. Character witnesses may be able to tell the court that you wouldn’t be capable of harming another person. Alternatively, they may be able to tell the court that the plaintiff is mentally unstable or that there are other reasons not to believe that person’s story. Physical evidence may include the supposed victim’s medical records or statements from a doctor refuting the allegations against you.
It’s important to remain calm
It could be hard to convince a judge that you aren’t capable of domestic violence if you lash out in court. Therefore, it is critical that you remain calm throughout the entire legal process even if you feel that you have been unfairly accused of a crime. It is also critical that you show up to any hearings that are scheduled in the matter. Failure to do so will likely result in your accuser obtaining a restraining order against you. While you aren’t required to answer questions while your case unfolds, it is generally a good idea to provide your side of the story to authorities.
A criminal law attorney may be able to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case. This might be done by casting doubt on an accuser’s credibility or the evidence used to charge you with a crime. In may also be possible to have evidence suppressed before or during a trial.