Domestic violence is a problem in our society. Unfortunately, law enforcement and the prosecution are more likely to take the accuser’s side in domestic violence cases—sometimes before even launching further investigation into the matter. And, with the stigma attached to those labeled “domestic abusers,” the person accused can face significant repercussions in his or her personal or professional life.
Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence is defined as using force or violence against another household member. Louisiana considers household members to be either a person of the opposite sex living in the same house, a member of the opposite sex who previously resided with the defendant within five years of the domestic abuse incident, any children who are living with or lived with the defendant within five years of the incident, or any children of the defendant (regardless of where they live).
Domestic abuse charges can fall into a number of categories, including: assault, spousal rape, endangering the welfare of a child, verbal abuse, harassment and stalking. The sentence for a conviction may include up to six months in jail and fines up to $1000. Habitual offenders may be subject to increased penalties.
Victims of domestic violence may file for a restraining order against the defendant. If this protective order is ignored or disobeyed, the defendant may face additional penalties.
We Can Defend You at This Time
A domestic violence charge is complicated, as it is both a legal and familial matter. Lafayette attorney J. Bradley Cockrell understands the emotions involved in domestic abuse cases, and will handle your charges with sensitivity—while still providing aggressive defense.
You don’t have to face criminal charges on your own. To learn how Attorney Cockrell can help, complete our online form now to schedule a free case evaluation.