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Things to Know About Domestic Violence Law and Charges (in the USA)

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Along with the campaign of Times Up, awareness about domestic violence is taking up the forefront. According to the National daily, USA TODAY “Domestic violence occurs more often in minority communities, according to a CDC study. Forty-five percent of black women have been physically or sexually abused by intimate partners, compared to 37% of white women and 34% of Hispanic or Latina women”. Domestic violence Constitution Code of the U.S. Federal government “includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.”

Domestic violence also includes stalking, child abuse, sexual, emotional and physical abuse battery, assault, threats of violence, economic violence, and isolation. The charges depend upon the situation, age of the victims, severity of action. Recently actress Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, after alleged face off with boyfriend according to some sources.

Stalking is considered as domestic violence. Many cases have been reported where a partner is being stalked by another to an extreme level, sometimes also causing death. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) defines stalking as “repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Abusing the elder, mistreating them or causing any kind of harm can make one face serious charges of domestic violence. A person can be charged with fines, deportation, community service, withdrawal from parental rights an can also be sentenced jailed if found guilty.

There are many organizations which can help you to learn about the various domestic violence laws. https://www.womenslaw.org/ is a guide to all statutes under federal, state and tribal laws that govern the charges of domestic violence. There are various degrees of assault depending upon the misdemeanor or felony. In states such as Minnesota, arrest without warrant is liable under complain, charges on accused increases with records of previous domestic violence history. Police officers are trained to assist the victim with proper medical treatment.

Several times a person can also be falsely accused with charges of domestic violence. In the states such as Colorado, there is very thin definition between charges of assault and domestic violence and even if wrongly accused, it can lead to serious punishments and tarnishing of image if not properly dealt. Such accusation damages reputation and profile of a person, this may happen with intention of demeaning the character and blackmailing the falsely accused. With keeping such scenarios in mind, the person is advised to consult good Denver assault lawyer who can fight the case efficiently.