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Domestic Violence Allegations

Domestic Violence – Criminal Charges

Domestic Violence accusations can have immediate and long-lasting consequences.  An arrest for a domestic violence offense alleging assault, criminal threatening, or other offenses gainst a spouse, family member, or intimate partner are treated differently than similar offenses that are not “domestic related”: Bail orders often include a restraining order that prohibits the person arrested from returning to their home or having any contact with the person named as the victim of the offense.  Specially trained prosecutors are often assigned to these cases and certain mandatory or presumptive sentencing provisions are frequently imposed.  And a conviction can have other collateral consequences, most notably restricting the ability to own or possess firearms.

For all of these reasons, it is important to consult with a lawyer immediately so that you fully understand court orders, the risks associated with a conviction for an offense of this kind, and to prepare the best possible defense to your case. If you have been accused of a crime of domestic violence, call 603-775-7570 to speak to one of our experienced attorneys.

Domestic Violence – Restraining Orders, Protective Orders, and Stalking Orders

Domestic Violence accusations can have serious repercussions even if they do not involve an arrest or criminal prosecution.  The mere allegation of abuse by a spouse, family member, or intimate partner may result in a court order that effects your living situation, limits your contact with children, or that specifies where you can or cannot go.  Final Hearings on stalking petitions or other temporary orders of protection are scheduled quickly, and this places a premium on your ability to assemble relevant evidence and prepare for the hearing. Like domestic violence related criminal convictions, the impact of having a stalking or restraining order granted against you are serious and may have long-term consequences. If you have been served with a restraining order or stalking petition and need legal help, call 603-775-7570 to speak to one of our experienced attorneys.

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