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Questions about Domestic Abuse Laws

Does domestic abuses include stalking and harassment that leads to threatening behavior by the perpetrator?

Depending on the individual state laws, domestic abuse can include stalking, harassment, physical and verbal abuse, as well as internet and cyber threats. Basically anything that makes a victim feel threatened or made to feel that their safety is in jeopardy can be considered a form of domestic harassment. If you feel harassed, you should get a restraining order from the court to ensure safety. If you need clarity on whether your situation qualifies as a case of domestic abuse or harassment, you can ask a Lawyer on JustAnswer.

Can someone drop a domestic abuse charge against a spouse?

The only way that a domestic abuse charge can be dropped or withdrawn is if the person that originally filed the charge admits to lying about the abuse. There is no other way to drop or withdraw the charges since the state takes charge of the prosecution once a domestic abuse case is filed. If the person who filed the charges decides to state that the allegations were untrue, then criminal charges may be filed against them. Filing and withdrawing a domestic abuse charge can be tricky and can raise many questions. If you need your questions about domestic abuse answered, Family Lawyers on JustAnswer can help in guiding you.

Can someone’s children be brought as witnesses to an adult harassment charge?

Depending on their age, and if they are material witnesses, children may be subpoenaed for deposition or compelled to make a court appearance to testify in the case. State laws differ on the age requirement of children being called as witnesses, and their age will decide whether they can be brought into a court or give verbal recorded depositions. Lawyers on JustAnswer can answer your questions about whether children can be brought in as witnesses in your state.

If someone was given a temporary restraining order for domestic assault can a permanent order be obtained?

After a temporary restraining order is put into place for domestic abuse, the court usually holds a hearing within a few weeks of granting the restraining order. This hearing will allow both sides to present evidence to the judge. Depending on the severity of the offence and other circumstances, if there is evidence of domestic abuse, the court will most likely extend the temporary restraining order to a full restraining order.

Can someone accused of domestic abuse qualify for a public defender?

A public defender is legal counsel that acts as a lawyer to defend the person accused of a crime. Many times, legal aid or a public defender is granted if the accused cannot afford an attorney. Public defenders are able to do research as well as appear before a judge on the behalf of the accused in any crime. As such, a person accused of domestic abuse can seek the services of a public defender. There are many resources for legal aid in each state. If you are not sure where to contact for legal aid or a public defender in your state, you can ask Lawyers on JustAnswer.

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Recent Domestic Abuse Questions

  • i raised my 2 sons 14,12 by myself and my ex was a deadbeat,

    i raised my 2 sons 14,12 by myself and my ex was a deadbeat, i divorced him based on metal cruelty in 2006.. He owes 33,000. n back due child support and still trys to abuse me, i missed important court dates and unfortunately lost custody because i missed a hearing.. Hes punched me and pushed my daughter when i last tried to see my sons(cops came late saw no marks and didn't charge him)(he has 6 counts of domestic abuse in the last 8 years. This is in illinois, he took me to court so many times and won on default. The judge ordered him to get a mediator to set up visitation for my boys and me..i made the mistake of trusting he would get along with me when he decided to be a dad. I havent seen my sons in months and only seen them 2 times in 3 years.. I dont have the money and fear taking him to court which he threatens me. My daughters whom are their sisters don't see them at all as well. he married my best friend and they isolate my sons to the point that they never call email or contact me or leave the house..His wife tried taking her life 4 times and the living conditions not good..My ex stalks my phone then doesn't let me talk to them, cops wont get involved...he holds over my head that i have depression which he has and his wife has major mental issues..long story short..I have no family no one to support me or guide me i feel like that afraid domestic abuse victim...He is a violent verbally emotionally abusive very controlling person, my sons see that..i call everyday .nothing...my rights got taken away by him taking me to court and me not knowing or afraid of what will happen to me. i have ptsd terribly and am a wife of a retired marine whom was also abusive and I need to divorce him and hes i don't know where..4 years going on five we lived states away with no support from him..him and my ex and my old friend make up stories, cause drama, and get my family involved and my sons are confused..very scared to talk...last i saw them they weren't allowed to talk to me unless he was sitting right next to them, he also said that hes not agreeing on any mediation and just wants to fight in court.he does not allow my sons to see my side of the family at all unless hes there..I want peace and don't want to see him, hes abusive and my sons get affected by the drama...I need to be their mom..I'm raising an 17 and 6 year old right now own a home, everythings fine and he likes to make things up...I just want to see my boys its my right, i raised them for years no help from him and they cant even talk or see me?? going on 3 years!! sorry rambling...its unnecessary drama...I feel alone and powerless..what should i do?
  • Good evening, I recently had a custody trial. The judgement

    Good evening, I recently had a custody trial. The judgement was to take 2 weeks (4 weeks have passed) and it may take up to 8 weeks. A great deal of the trial was about the mother's anger management , substance abuse, psychological diagnosis and domestic
    violence. Another part was her new boyfriend's criminal record (pretty extensive.... including domestic abuse, substance abuse, battery, resisting arrest, etc...) Since the trial on November 6th, I have received death threats and harassing texts. I am wondering
    if AND/OR how I can let the judge know about these issues since the trial (BEFORE he makes the final judgement) . I believe that they will further show that it is NOT in the best interest of my 2 year old to be in that situation, specially since it has escalated
    to a criminal point. The sheriff and the State Attny office are looking into the issue as we speak.
  • We have filed a petition for temporary guardianship for our

    We have filed a petition for temporary guardianship for our 6 year old granddaughter. We were granted a 7 day appointment. We had to serve our daughter and will be going back to court on Friday. How should we prepare, do we need an attorney?
    Background: Our daughter and granddaughter have lived with us 5 years. Daughter has substance abuse problems, been hospitalized twice, lived with boyfriends off and on during this time while we cared for granddaughter. Both boyfriends have overdosed so daughter came home and has been drug free for 1 year but is now slipping. Father is in House of Correction with a 16 month sentence for domestic abuse. Granddaughter is in kindergarten.
    Although they live with us, we don't expect our daughter to sign the guardianship to us.
    We are hoping daughter will recover but in the meantime we need to protect granddaughter.
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