Domestic Violence Questions & Answers by State

Domestic Violence Questions & Answers

Q: I want to report domestic violence but I don't want charges filed is this possible?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Missouri on Oct 27, 2014

Answered on Oct 28, 2014

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Kenneth J. Geniuk's answer
I do not know the particulars of your situation, but domestic violence is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. That being said, a victim of domestic violence can request an order of protection from the circuit court, and the proceedings would be a civil matter, not criminal. If the domestic violence is reported to law enforcement, they will likely refer the matter to the prosecuting attorney, who will then determine whether to file criminal charges.

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Q: I was subpoena to court as a witness for domestic violence from husband . I lied about what happened . It a a felony now

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on Oct 1, 2014

Answered on Oct 28, 2014

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Matthew Williams' answer
It's very difficult for domestic violence victims to get the charges dropped. The simple fact is most prosecutors believe the first story, not the second. If you lie on the stand, you could be charged with perjury. If you lied in a police report, you could be charged with falsification. You may want to sit down with a lawyer or victim advocate and the prosecutor and talk it through. In the end, it's the prosecutor's decision whether or not to proceed with the case. It can be hard to get a...

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Q: My baby mom lied on me she accused me of domestic violence a f4 she has never been in trouble how much time she look at

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on Oct 5, 2014

Answered on Oct 28, 2014

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Matthew Williams' answer
If she is charged with falsification, she faces up to 180 days and a $1,000 fine. In reality, she would likely receive probation or even be permitted entry into a diversion program. She really should get a lawyer to help her out. There is a lot that can be done to protect first time offenders even if they are clearly guilty.

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Q: I am the petitioner and the respondent violated the order and got arrested... Will he go to trial & do i have to go?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Aug 4, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
We simply cannot predict the future for you without knowing any facts at all to make a guess. If there is a trial, yes, you will have to go.

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Q: daughter living with boyfriend who is on probation and has a no contact order.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Aug 18, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
What is the question here? The probation officer has to sign an affidavit of violation.

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Q: I called the police on my boyfriend and wrote a statement saying he hit me but he didn't hit me. What do I know now?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Aug 24, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Your question is what do I know now. Women frequently do this and should be prosecuted for it.

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Q: what is an order vacating order of dismissal

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Aug 26, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
I have to read it to say what it does.

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Q: What happens if I caused a mark on my wife while arguing in florida while on vacation there. I am a Alabama resident.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Oct 8, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You get charged criminally. The SOL does not apply. Yes you can be arrested.

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Q: If my wife drop the charge

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Sep 15, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
1 year in the county jail.

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Q: I want to drop the DV that the D.A. seems to be taking over, how do I get this solved to get back our lives

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on Oct 12, 2014

Answered on Oct 27, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
We do not have a DA in Florida, we have state attorneys. Seems to be taking over? In control already. Get a seasoned criminal defense attorney.

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Q: Voilation of probation and get a new charge in md what happens

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on Oct 23, 2014

Answered on Oct 23, 2014

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
You should speak to a criminal defenses attorney.

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Q: If my boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence against how long will he stay in jail ? I didn't press charges

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on Oct 19, 2014

Answered on Oct 21, 2014

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
The initial arrest, he generally will be out within 24 hours (if charges were brought against him (which they can even if you are not seeking for charges to be brought), then he would need to post bail and if he cannot he can be in there longer).

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Q: My daugther does not want to go court against her BF for DV she received a summon for court does she have to go?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on Oct 14, 2014

Answered on Oct 16, 2014

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
I am guessing that her BF has a criminal charge pending against him for the alleged DV. Yes your daughter will need to appear if she was sent a summons by the state prosecutor. Otherwise, they can find her in contempt of court and have sanctions entered against her, including a warrant for failing to appear.

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Q: My fiancé was arrested when our protection order has been lifted why is this?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on Sep 27, 2014

Answered on Oct 8, 2014

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Jeffrey Alan Lustick's answer
Unless he got arrested for some reason other that you do not know about, his arrest for violating an order of protection that has been rescinded could be a false arrest. This happens very rarely, but sometimes the court will not get the paperwork showing that the judge rescinded the order into the police records system fast enough. Usually when a court rescinds the order, it can take up to 24 hours for the paperwork to hit the system. This is why I always tell my clients to carry with them a...

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Q: My husband assaulted me, I went to the police but didn't take it any further. Will it still be on record?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on Sep 19, 2014

Answered on Oct 1, 2014

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
A police report would likely have been generated and available to the public. However if no criminal or civil actions have been taken, then there will be nothing on record stating that he was found guilty of actually doing the action you reported to the police. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, would determine what, if any, further actions may be needed.

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Q: My bf was taken to custody for domestic violence , I didnt file charges but the county did what will happen to him

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Minnesota on Aug 18, 2014

Answered on Sep 2, 2014

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Kristen Bullock's answer
This will depend on the facts of the case and what his criminal history is. Please have your boyfriend call me right away to discuss his case 651.270.6484.

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Q: My boyfriend is going to trial for dv of me an my child if I dont show up what will happen with the case???

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2014

Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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Roy L. Galloway III's answer
The short answer to this question is that there is no correct answer to this without you providing more details. I will, however, provide an answer under difference scenarious.

If you and your child are the only witnesses to the alleged abuse and you decide not to appear in court to testify against him, the prosecutor will have a difficult time proving that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the prosecutor may subpoena you to attend and testify and get a warrant for your...

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