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Have you been arrested or charged with offences related to domestic abuse? Our solicitors can help. JSP Law has years of experience in navigating complicated and sensitive domestic abuse cases for our clients. We understand this may be a distressing time for you, which is why we are here to guide you through every step of the process.

If domestic abuse allegations have been made against you, our priority is to defend and protect your interests. To discuss your specific case in strictest confidence, call our defence lawyers today on 0333 016 0956 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away to arrange an appointment.

Expert domestic violence defence in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire

Offences involving domestic abuse can have serious consequences for you and your family. You should contact an experienced domestic abuse defence lawyer right away in any of the following circumstances:

  • You or someone close to you has been arrested for domestic abuse
  • You are required to attend a police station interview by appointment concerning domestic abuse
  • You have been released on bail following an arrest for alleged domestic abuse
  • You have been charged with a domestic abuse offence
  • You have received a requisition or postal summons concerning domestic abuse

There is no time to delay. In the UK, domestic abuse offences can result in severe penalties and may affect your ability to see your children. Instructing a team of understanding and specialist solicitors can be vital to obtaining a successful outcome.

What behaviour amounts to domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse (also commonly referred to as ‘domestic violence’) includes physical acts of violence as well as threatening, controlling or coercive behaviour. There are several behaviours which may amount to domestic abuse, such as:

  • Physical violence (slapping, hitting with objects, punching, kicking, burning)
  • Emotional abuse (name-calling, humiliation, ridicule, constant criticism)
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Abuse of a sexual nature

For the purposes of domestic abuse charges, who is considered a family member will depend on your personal circumstances. However, this may include spouses, civil partners, cohabitants, boyfriends, girlfriends, children, siblings, parents or grandparents.

What are the penalties for domestic abuse?

Penalties associated with domestic abuse will be based on the specific nature of the offences you have been charged with.

Various court orders can prevent contact with your partner, children or any other alleged victim. An Occupation Order, for example, can force the accused to leave the home they reside in with the alleged victim. If certain orders – such as a Restraining Order or Non-Molestation Order – are breached, this can result in imprisonment.

The Sentencing Council guidelines state in the majority of domestic abuse cases where the harm to the victim is considered severe, it “will warrant a custodial sentence”. It’s important to note that not only does this include physical violence but emotional and psychological harm as well. That is why it is crucial to instruct a dedicated criminal defence lawyer to ensure you receive robust legal representation.

Contact JSP Domestic Abuse Defence Solicitors St Albans, Leighton Buzzard & Stevenage

If you are facing charges related to domestic abuse, then you should seek expert legal advice right away. We have dealt with numerous high-profile cases involving significant press attention, and we can help protect not just your liberty but your reputation too. Call us now on 0333 016 0956 or complete our online enquiry form, and we will get back to you right away.