November 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dallas County courts focusing on domestic violence cases
Throughout the month of October, there have been many special campaigns geared toward increasing awareness of some of the problems connected to domestic violence. In connection with these programs, courts in Dallas County have committed to hearing cases where domestic violence is alleged in a much more expedient manner than in the past.
The felony courts will give priority to domestic violence
cases, especially those with child victims. This is part of a city-wide effort to addressing issues caused due to family violence. Because of all of the focus on these types of cases, it can be much more difficult for individuals accused of these crimes to present a strong defense to the charges that they are facing.
Judges want to limit future incidents from occurring, and by putting these cases on the fast-track, those accused could have their cases heard in less than six months. They are concerned that the longer it takes to hear these cases, the more difficult it is for prosecutors to obtain a conviction. Stories change, promises are made and victims cannot afford to experience any changes with their families.
Earlier, the courts had dramatically increased the bail that was put in place for even first-time offenders, from $1,500 to $15,000. Individuals accused of these crimes are not allowed to contact the victim, nor are they permitted to own a weapon. They must also refrain from drinking in order to be granted bond within the county. If sentenced to probation, these offenders must take a special class designed to reduce the potential for reoffending. If the offenders do not complete the classes within a specified time period, they could be arrested.
Emotions will often run high in domestic violence cases. Individuals accused of these crimes may feel pressure to plead guilty to put the matter in the past for the sake of the family. This could have a very negative effect upon a person's future.
If convicted of one of these crimes, a person's life will change forever. It is possible that they will be required to serve time in jail, and these sentences will only increase for any other future criminal activity. Offenders may also lose the ability to work in certain occupations, and it could jeopardize the amount of contact that a parent will be able to have with their children.
The penalties that accompany a domestic violence conviction can be quite severe, and impact several aspects of your life. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is extremely important that you present a strong defense to these charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can discuss your options with you, and help you protect your rights throughout the process.
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