How Will a Domestic Violence Charge Impact My Custody Agreement?

When you’ve been accused of domestic violence, you may be concerned about how that may impact your family. If you’re separated or divorced with children, ensuring you have time with your family is important. But domestic violence charges can hurt your chances of getting that needed time with your family.

At Chicago Trusted Attorneys™, we want you to get the time you’re due with your family. That means tackling your domestic violence case with the help of a criminal defense lawyer and getting the charges reduced or dismissed when possible. 

Criminal Records Can Impact Custody

When you’re accused of committing domestic violence, your criminal case can change your life in major ways. That’s not just about the penalties for the crime, like legal fines, jail time, parole, and other concerns. Domestic violence convictions will go on your criminal record and can’t be expunged, which means they can be found during a background check

That may impact your custody proceedings. Custody is decided based on the child’s best interests. If there’s a history of abuse, which a domestic violence charge may suggest, it can impact your custody agreement. In some cases, you may even lose your custody rights, leaving you without the connection to your child you wanted. 

How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help 

Losing touch with your child can be devastating. Luckily, you don’t have to accept that fate just because you’ve been charged or arrested for domestic violence. Your criminal defense lawyer can help you by fighting the charges against you. 

Your lawyer can help you get started by first gathering evidence about the case. That may include witnesses or people who knew you and your romantic partner, evidence about any injuries, and other details about the incident and accusations. 

Your lawyer can take all this information and put it to use. A criminal defense lawyer can build the strong defense you need, and we’re prepared to represent you in the courtroom, too. 

Defend Your Future with a Domestic Violence Lawyer 

If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, your custody rights and your connection to your children may be in danger. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you may need a lawyer to protect your future. 

The lawyers at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ are here to help. If you’ve been accused of domestic violence and you’re worried about your custody agreement, reach out for a discussion about defending your case. Reach out by calling 312-519-3171 or checking out the online contact form below.