Criminal, Juvenile & CPS Defense Lawyers
How Does a Domestic Violence Case Impact My Rights as a Parent?
One important thing for you to know is that if you had children in the home or children were present during an incident of domestic violence, you are exposed to a potential charge of child endangerment.
It's not safe for children to be in a domestic violence environment so the law criminalizes not only domestic violence but exposing children to that type of environment.
We've had serious cases where children have been harmed but we've also had cases where children were asleep up in their beds and didn't even know about the domestic violence but our clients were still charged with child endangerment.
In those cases, we worked very closely with our clients not only to defend but also to mitigate against the charges, to be able to show either that this will never happen again or that the children were not harmed by the events or the incident itself cannot be proven and we may need to go to trial.
At the Johnson Criminal Law Group, we represent many clients who have been accused of domestic violence when their children were present or in the home, and those cases have not only resulted in criminal charges but independent cases as well.
What that means is that not only does the client now have to fight or deal with the criminal case and exposure to jail time and other punishment, but they also need to account for the fact that they exposed their child and put their child at risk as a result of that child being in the home during domestic violence.
We represent many clients who have both of these types of overlapping cases.We can Help
If you, or someone you know, was involved in a domestic dispute while their children were present, contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group immediately for help dealing with Social Services.