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Domestic violence allegations and defense: how a lawyer can help

21924135_S.jpgImagine this situation. Your Illinois or Missouri family life with your spouse or significant other has turned abusive. Perhaps that abuse is physical and marked by punching, kicking and other violent acts. Perhaps it is emotional, being primarily characterized by threats, demeaning language and other actions that materially lessen your self-esteem. Or maybe it is financial; some partners in a relationship insist on total control over all money matters, precluding their mates from even possessing cash in any amount.

Whatever the source of abuse, it is unhealthy and often dangerous -- sometimes fatally so. And an assailant is often likely to lash out against more than just his or her partner, with children and other family members often being victimized, as well.

Any abuse or act of domestic violence needs to be promptly and purposefully responded to, with time often being of the essence. A proven family law attorney with experience helping victims of abuse can be a strong contact in the first instance, as well as serve as a referral source to other parties and agencies that can lend immediate assistance.

That attorney can also help in the following situation, which spells a sad reality in some abuse allegations. Imagine that you are accused of domestic abuse and that authorities act on that allegation by bringing criminal charges against you.

What if you are innocent?

Such a case happens with some frequency across the country, with known instances resulting from an alleged victim's attempts to gain leverage in a child custody or other family law matter.

Whenever a domestic violence claim is raised, it needs to be immediately and thoroughly investigated, with central input from an experienced attorney often being vital in clarifying facts and promoting the lawful interests of both victims and the accused.

Our firm undertakes that challenge with proven client empathy and knowledge. Please visit our St. Louis-Area Domestic Violence page for relevant information about our lawyers and practice.

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