This is the final post in a series of articles discussing defending against domestic violence charges in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our previous post addressed the potential impact that domestic battery accusations may have on one’s child custody rights. Family court judges have no choice but to take family violence seriously when determining what custody arrangement best serves a child. Failing to defend oneself against such accusations may result in the drastic reduction or loss of parental rights. For this reason, among others highlighted in this series, those facing domestic battery charges are encouraged to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. In addition to providing information about defending against Arkansas’ domestic battery charges, a goal of this series has also been to assist those accused in selecting a lawyer. If you need assistance, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
The following subjects were addressed in this series:
- Claiming self-defense in domestic battery cases
- Fifth Amendment issues in domestic violence matters
- The serious nature of Arkansas’ third-degree domestic battery laws
- Defending against domestic violence charges at trial
- How a domestic battery conviction could impact ongoing child custody proceedings
Given the serious consequences of domestic battery charges and convictions in Arkansas, we felt it was important to discuss these topics for a variety of reasons. First, Arkansas, like other states, recognizes the right to defend oneself and others from violence. If a person is charged with domestic battery when they were actually defending themself, it is possible to challenge the charge based on self-defense. Second, law enforcement officers must abide by certain rules to protect those who are being questioned in a domestic violence investigation, including providing Miranda warnings. If the proper warnings are not given at the proper time, it may be possible to exclude certain evidence in a case. In some cases, this may lead to the dismissal of charges entirely. Next, Arkansas punishes third-degree domestic battery convictions harshly. If found guilty, one may be subject to fines and incarceration, lose rights to purchase or own firearms, and face the negative consequences of having a criminal record. Fourth, if a case proceeds to a criminal trial, it is important to have a basic understanding of what to expect during the process. Last, a domestic violence accusation or conviction may result in the disruption, reduction, or total loss of one’s custody rights. Family courts must consider such matters when determining what arrangement is in the best interest of a child.
Our firm understands the sensitive nature of domestic violence accusations. We believe all of our clients are entitled to a vigorous defense. If you need assistance, contact us today to speak to a lawyer. In addition to Little Rock, we also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.