When you and your loved one get into an argument, it is easy to let things get out of control. Emotions often well up and make it hard to think clearly or control your actions. If the argument continues to heat up to the point that things turn physical, you might find yourself facing charges for domestic violence.

In many cases, domestic violence cases include at least some he-said-she-said elements. This means that barring any physical evidence, such as bruising or other proof that a physical altercation occurred, the case might hinge on what your loved one claims happened and what you claim happened.

The elements of a domestic violence case vary depending on the type of abuse that is being claimed. In cases that involve physical violence, the alleged victim’s injuries can have an impact on the charges that stem from the incident. Other circumstances, such as a violation of a protective order or the presence of a cycle of violence, can also have an impact on the charges.

Physical abuse isn’t the only type of domestic violence that can occur. Emotional or mental abuse, economic abuse or sexual abuse are also possible. In each of these cases, it might be possible to face criminal charges.

Since domestic violence charges are very serious charges, especially when they include physical or sexual violence, it is imperative that you understand the possible penalties that you face. You should tailor your defense strategy so that it addresses the points in the case that can be called into question. Raising doubt about the prosecutions claims might help your defense.

Source: FindLaw, “Domestic Violence,” accessed June 09, 2016