When someone is charged with a crime, it’s a very serious matter. A felony is the most type of crime someone can be charged with and a misdemeanor is another one. Misdemeanors can be punished the same as a felony with a high fine and jail time. Both types of charges should be taken seriously and the accused should immediately seek the help of criminal defense lawyers in Vermont to be educated on their rights and the legal process for their defense. Crimes can include:

* DUI/DWI.

* Drug.

* Violence.

* Sex.

* Financial.

* And much more.

Violent crimes can include domestic violence criminal charges. These types of charges often occur when a relationship is ending. Domestic violence is when someone hurts, tries to hurt or threatens a person in their family or household. If a protective order is violated, or domestic assault occurs, someone can also be charged with a crime. Placing someone in fear of imminent or serious harm, committing child abuse, stalking, and sexual abuse is considered domestic violence. Family and household members can include people who:

* Have dated.

* Live together or lived together in the past.

* Have children together.

* Are related by marriage, adoption, or blood.

If the police believe someone has committed assault against a family or household member, the accused will be arrested. They can make a warrant-less arrest for domestic violence. A protective order, which is also called a restraining order, requires the accused/defendant to stay away from the victim. A family or household member can file for a protection order to protect children from domestic violence. A protection order can order someone to leave a shared resident, prohibit a defendant from contacting the victim or their children, award temporary custody or visitation of any children, award custody of a pet and much more.

A domestic violence conviction can remain on your criminal record forever. Fighting this charge in court requires the skill and knowledge of criminal defense lawyers in Vermont. A temporary protective order can be issued without you being present. If you violent a temporary order, you will be arrested and can lose custody of your children, the right to own or bear a gun and much more. For more information about hiring a criminal defense attorney, please contact us.