Do I have to live with the victim to be convicted for domestic violence?

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It doesn’t matter if the defendant and the victim ever lived together. The defendant will still be liable so long as the victim is the defendant’s spouse, former spouse, a person with whom the defendant has a dating relationship, or a person with whom the defendant has had a child in common. For example, assume the defendant and victim have a child together and never married. They live in two separate houses. While exchanging the child, the defendant hits the victim. The defendant is liable for domestic violence because the victim is a person with whom the defendant had a child in common.

There’s one section in the statute, however, that specifically addresses were two people live together. This is for those situations where people are living together but do not necessarily having a romantic relationship. The statute is drafted broadly to create liability for these individuals as well. This portion of the statute is often invoked if the defendant is alleged to have harmed a minor living in the home.

For many individuals, a domestic violence conviction is simply not an option. A conviction for domestic violence has significant and permanent collateral consequences. You need quality representation from an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your rights. Give us a call and set up an appointment to see if we’re the right law firm for you. We understand the pressure you’re under. Let us help relieve some of your stress by pointing you in the right direction.*

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