May 20 2020
The Covid “stay at home” social distancing directive has had collateral consequences. Since people cannot drink at bars, they are drinking at home with their spouses. Husbands and wives being in a confined space, coupled with economic chaos has created a situation where if you ad alcohol, an explosive situation can result. Tempers are running short. Stress it high. Unemployment and poverty is creating marital stress and discord. The net result is an increase in simple domestic battery arrests.
A domestic battery arrest has horrific consequences. For starters, some poor guy now has to bond out, if he is lucky enough to have any money at all. Then, most times, the judge at first appearance will have set a “no contact order”, keeping the person arrested from returning home. In these Covid times, most people cannot afford one place to live, much less two.
As a criminal defense lawyer handling these types of family battery cases, my goal is the get the charges reduced or dropped and even more importantly, heal the family relationship. The first step is getting the “no contact” order set aside. This is not easy because the Courts are only handling emergency matters. It is difficult but not impossible. The next step is to try and convince the prosecutor to drop or reduce the charge and to get all of this done in a timely manner. If you are under a no contact order, every day counts.
A domestic violence conviction has dire consequences. It affects your right to buy a firearm. It can land you in County jail for a few days. It can come back to haunt you if you ever have another legal problem. Getting mattes like this resolved quickly should be a priority. Sometimes the charge is even more serious if someone was hurt or a weapon like a knife or gun was involved. Sometimes the State charges “battery by strangulation” and most of the time that sounds much more serious than what really happened.
It costs nothing to initially speak with most lawyers, including me. I know times are tough economically but hiring a good private lawyer can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Everyone need to know their options when it comes to a criminal case.