Regardless of whether the accusation is true or not, a domestic violence charge can completely turn a person’s life upside down. Because of the nature of the crime, those charged with domestic abuse may not only face certain social consequences that jeopardize relationships, with family, friends, and co-workers, but also their employment. They may feel isolated from those around them without access to support. However, in addition to the social stigma associated with domestic abuse charges, the penalties that come with a conviction can be severe. They may include losing custody of, or contact with, your children. Penalties can also include hefty fines, confinement in a jail or prison, losing access to firearms, and other serious consequences. Again, an accused individual may feel isolated or betrayed, which is why it’s important to seek a domestic violence attorney to fight on your behalf.
At the Law Offices of Ossie Brown, our attorneys are committed to providing the best defense for our clients. We understand exactly what is at stake in these cases, and we work hard to help our clients receive the best legal outcome. Learn more about domestic violence cases and discover how our lawyers can help you.
When most people think of domestic violence, physical abuse against a family member may be the first thing to come to mind. However, domestic abuse is also recognized in other forms. For example, emotional and verbal abuse are considered to be forms of domestic violence. Even when no physical interaction occurs, threats and intimidation can also be considered forms of domestic violence. If an individual loses their temper for an instant and makes a threat toward a wife, husband, or partner, that individual could face charges relating to domestic violence. No physical contact is needed. These are just some of the ways that domestic abuse cases are more complex and wide-reaching than most people may realize.
Additionally, when many think of domestic violence cases, they usually imagine an altercation between a husband and wife. While this can be the case, it is not always so. These cases involve violence directed against family members, but the legal meaning of “family member” can be broad. It can include a spouse or an ex-spouse, a child or stepchild, a parent or stepparent, and a foster parent or foster child. Also, in 2017 the Louisiana Legislature passed a bill that removed the words “opposite sex” from domestic violence statutes. This gave potential victims of domestic violence in same-sex relationships the same protections as potential victims in opposite-sex relationships.
Whether you’ve made an impulsive mistake or haven’t done anything wrong, having an experienced domestic violence attorney on your side can mean all the difference in the positive outcome of your case. Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Ossie Brown can help you navigate this difficult landscape and take steps to protect your good name. No matter what your situation may be, contact the Law Offices of Ossie Brown today for a free, confidential consultation. You are not alone.