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Why an argument with your romantic partner could lead to charges

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Violent Crimes

Living with another person or trying to build a romantic relationship with someone isn’t always easy. In fact, it is common for tensions to flare when people spend too much time together. People can become highly emotional and act in ways that would surprise many of the people who know them.

Sometimes, people can express their frustration and then move on with a relationship after addressing the underlying issues that caused the dispute. Other times, an altercation can become a turning point. It might signify the end of a relationship or the beginning of a new stage in your family dynamic. In some cases, it might lead to criminal charges and all the complications those allegations bring with them.

When could a fight with your significant other, roommate or family member potentially lead to criminal charges?

When a neighbor calls the police

If someone from outside your household notifies the police about a wild fight where people sound threatening toward one another or noises indicate damage to the space, police may come out to investigate.

Depending on what they find, they could very well arrest the person that they believe was the aggressor for domestic violence. Police officers know that victims of domestic violence may be passive out of fear for their safety and will not call the police themselves. They often defend the person abusing them vehemently when law enforcement officers show up to help.

The officers have to look at the situation and evaluate it carefully. Signs of injury to either party, as well as damage to the space, could validate the concerns of the person who called and justify a domestic violence arrest.

In such situations, the other party involved in the altercation may not be able to convince the state to drop the charges against you. 

When you frighten the other person

Assault can involve causing physical harm to someone else, and it can also involve putting them in fear for their safety. When you stand accused of an act of domestic violence, the potential consequences could be severe. It could affect your career and even your parenting rights.

Defending yourself when you are accused of a violent crime may lead to a better outcome than pleading guilty and placing yourself at the mercy of the courts.