Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Violence?
When police get a 911 call about a domestic situation, they face significant pressure to make an arrest, especially if there are visible signs of injury. Yet they often don’t get the whole story in the chaos of the moment. They may make assumptions that turn out to be false, or they may misinterpret evidence.
Understanding The Consequences
Any arrest can lead to a cascade of consequences, especially if you find yourself facing domestic violence charges. Criminal domestic violence is a serious charge in South Carolina. If convicted, you could face criminal consequences ranging from probation to a lengthy prison sentence. You could also be subject to a restraining order (or order of protection), forcing you to stay away from your home and family. You will be prohibited from possessing firearms. Additionally, if you are also facing family law proceedings such as divorce or child custody, these charges can affect your rights in those cases.
Repeat offenses carry even harsher penalties. A third or subsequent offense is a felony, as are charges involving serious injury or use of a deadly weapon.
Get Help Fighting The Charges And Protecting Your Future
If you have been charged with domestic violence, it’s important to seek legal help right away. Contact our defense lawyers at The Law Office of Kenneth M. Mathews. We have more than 40 years of combined experience helping people throughout the Columbia area overcome serious legal problems. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and future.
One of our lawyers, Foster Mathews, is a former prosecutor with experience handling hundreds of criminal cases. This background gives him well-rounded insight on how the other side will approach your case.
To speak with attorney Mathews about your case, please call 803-252-1242. We look forward to helping you fight the charges and building a successful defense.