Domestic Violence

If you are arrested on domestic violence charges, the potential for lasting damage to your life is enormous. A conviction on domestic violence charges can mean jail time, fines, mandatory treatment, a permanent inability to hold certain kinds of jobs and the loss of your right to own a gun.

Before you talk to police, talk to an attorney experienced in successfully handling domestic violence cases. Call me at or toll-free at 888-309-4560 for a free initial consultation. You can also contact me by e-mail.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Certain crimes are considered to be crimes of domestic violence. This label is put on regular crimes when the parties to the incident are related, co-habiting, parents of a joint child or involved in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence crimes include coercion, kidnapping, assault and harassment, among others. Conviction of a crime of domestic violence carries additional penalties. Examples may include a requirement that the defendant complete a domestic violence education program and/or anger management, pay additional fines, and have no contact with the victim or victim’s family.

Stalking And Restraining Orders

Alleged victims of domestic violence may obtain stalking or restraining orders against a person, and violation of those orders can constitute the basis for additional criminal charges.

If you are a respondent to a stalking order or restraining order, you must obey its terms, even if the person who obtained the order against you invites you over. The orders are issued by a judge and can only be dismissed by a judge. Before you take action on your own, talk to an experienced lawyer.

Protecting Yourself

Protect yourself by respecting existing orders of the court. Talk to your attorney about how to fight restraining orders and stalking orders, and how to defend yourself against allegations of crimes of domestic violence.

For a free initial consultation on charges of spousal abuse or domestic abuse of any kind, call Law Office of Laura A. Fine, P.C., Oregon, at or toll-free at 888-309-4560. You can also contact me by e-mail.

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