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Successfully defending against a restraining order

Facing a domestic violence charge is a very serious situation. In some cases, a court may place a restraining order against the accused party.

If you are facing domestic charges, there are important facts you should understand. In particular, to defend against a restraining order successfully, you should take certain steps to protect yourself from a criminal conviction.

Evidence

Having the necessary evidence can make or break a case. This may be a 911 recording that supports your side of the story, or a police investigation report stating that there were no signs of a struggle in the home. There could also be evidence that your spouse's injuries are much older than the date he or she claims the incident occurred. Witness accounts may also be in your favor and help you defend your innocence. 

It is important to understand that an accuser does not have to show that abuse occurred or that you were violent, only that you tried to or threatened to cause harm. 

Presentation

Considering the wide parameters for a possible restraining order, presentation is essential. Being polite to the judge, court staff and any other parties in attendance can be more helpful than you may think. It helps to paint a positive image, which goes against any negative claims.

The hearing

Attending the hearing gives you the chance to present your side of the story, so it is important to show up. Present the evidence and your side of the story in a clear and logical manner and provide a defense against allegations. After hearing both sides, the judge will rule if it is truly domestic violence. During the hearing process, avoid trying to contact the accusing party; the only contact should be through your attorneys. If you do not agree with the judge's ultimate decision, there may be additional measures you can pursue.

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