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Hoping to have your domestic violence charges dismissed?

If you have been charged with some form of domestic violence, you are likely frustrated and perhaps even frightened about what a conviction might mean for you, your life and your loved ones. Perhaps the charges against you are false. Or perhaps there is some other factor leading you to hope that your attorney can have your charges dismissed. If so, it is important for you to understand whether a dismissal is likely in your case.

Every domestic violence case is different. And no one can guarantee any particular outcome to your case. However, if you consult an attorney experienced in domestic violence matters, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have your charges mitigated or dismissed. It is important that you are truthful with your attorney about your case. Because no matter what your particular circumstances are, your attorney can only advocate on your behalf as successfully as possible if you are truthful about your case.

It is also important to understand that victims are generally unable to have domestic violence charges dismissed. Once a case is initiated, it tends to be up to a prosecutor whether or not to move forward with charges as they stand. It is therefore critically important that you not attempt to influence or intimidate the person who you have allegedly harmed. Any negative contact with this person could negatively impact your case. If you have questions about communicating with this person for any reason, it will likely benefit you to allow your attorney to handle that communication.

Source: Findlaw Blotter, “When Can Domestic Violence Charges Be Dismissed?” Daniel Taylor, Jan. 14, 2015

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