Domestic violence charges refer to charges leveled against one individual for crimes against another in a domestic setting. The most common charge is physical abuse, which occurs when one person acts out against another in a physical way. When you hit your partner or spouse and that person calls the police, the police can arrest you on the scene and take you right to jail. You’ll remain in jail until a bail hearing, but you’ll need to return and face the judge at a later date. Find out more about the penalties for domestic violence charges before your day in court.
Order of Protection
One common thing that a judge can order is an order of protection. This often comes about when your partner claims that he or she does not feel safe living in the same home with you or being around you. The order will state that you cannot return to your former home when that individual is there. It may also limit any contact that you have with that individual. An order of protection can ban you from being with 100 feet of the individual or from contacting that person in any way, including over the phone or on social media.
While you may spend one or more nights in jail as part of your initial arrest, there is a chance that the judge will sentence you to more time. When the judge agrees to time served, it means that you do not need to return to jail and that you completed your sentence with the time you were already there. The judge can decide that you need to spend more time in jail though. The sentence can range from a weekend to a full year or more.
Many judges require that abusers take domestic violence courses, but you can now sign up for a domestic violence online course. This lets you complete your coursework from home or anywhere else where you have an internet connection. Some courses are more basic and just go over domestic violence as a whole. Others teach you how to manage your stress and cope with situations that cause you to act out in a violent manner. When you face the judge in court on a domestic violence charge, the judge may sentence you to jail and/or require that you follow an order of protection and take domestic violence classes.