The term “domestic violence” can be a flashpoint, as just as much as there are millions of Americans who recognize that it is a serious problem in our society – particularly for women – there are also those who recognize that sometimes false allegations of domestic violence can seriously impact a person’s life. For victims of domestic violence as well as individuals who might be facing criminal charges associated with domestic violence, understanding legal options is crucial.
Domestic violence is a complicated topic
For starters, most victims of domestic violence could probably benefit from obtaining a restraining order from a court in Massachusetts. These orders can help protect victims by directing an alleged domestic violence perpetrator to stay away from the victim and avoid all contact with the victim.
On the other hand, domestic violence defendants are entitled to put forth a criminal defense against the charges they face. From a criminal justice perspective, it is important to remember that being arrested and charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted of that crime. The high bar of proving guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” must be met by the prosecution to secure a domestic violence conviction.
Why you may need legal support
At our law firm, we understand that there are complicated family dynamics involved in domestic violence situations, beyond just the legal realities. We work with Massachusetts residents who find themselves in these situations, whether as victims or alleged perpetrators. For more information about how we attempt to help with these legal matters, please visit the domestic violence overview section of our law firm’s website.