Domestic violence cases often stem from tense situations. When a person gets angry, they may end up doing something they regret later. Just because a person is sorry for what they did, that doesn’t mean that it can be overlooked.
Some couples might reconcile after the incident occurs. This reconciliation doesn’t mean that the charges just go away. In fact, a reconciliation can make life very difficult for a person who’s facing a domestic violence charge.
Prosecutors — not victims — determine charges
When a person faces a domestic violence charge, they’re likely served with a restraining or protective order. This must be complied with as long as it’s in effect, which means that you can’t just go contact your spouse or the alleged victim in the case. Failing to comply with the order can lead to increased legal troubles for the defendant. Because of this, it’s best to follow the order as it is written unless the court cancels it.
One thing to remember is that the victim can’t drop the charges. While they can refuse to cooperate with the prosecutor, there can be challenges to this. For example, if the person is subpoenaed and doesn’t show up to court, they can get into serious trouble.
Regardless of the reason for the charges, it’s best to review your options for a defense as early as possible. This gives you a chance to explore the options and determine what’s best for you. The outcome of the case may have a profound impact on your future, so it’s wise to have experienced legal guidance.