Family offenses (or domestic violence) cases are one of the few kinds of cases that require the active intervention of the law and its agents; judges, police officers, associated attorneys, etc. Through collective effort it is possible to address the issue of domestic violence and secure the safety and unity of those families affected by it. The various stages of the family offense case process include temporary and permanent orders of protection, which guard against violence, intimidation, and harassment in the home or from other relatives.
Family offenses are recognized by many as despicable because of their location of origin—the home—and the targets of aggression—family members. Indeed, courts have consistently been harder on those offenders whose criminal acts occurred in the home rather than elsewhere. What constitutes a family offense is quite clear, although the list is extensive. Some examples of family offenses (many of which are misdemeanors and some felonies) include aggravated harassment, assault, disorderly conduct, menacing, stalking, criminal contempt, and consistent or deliberate recklessness.
Knowing what constitutes a family offense means that domestic violence, intimidation, and harassment in all forms must be recognized as wrong and hurtful. Knowing this, the next step is to remedy the situation through lawful intervention. The American judicial system includes mechanisms which can help families dealing with issues such as family offenses. Proper advisement during this process is particularly valuable, as capable attorneys can help navigate the legal avenues that offer assistance.
David Isaacson, Attorney at Law, provides private legal counseling and his extensive procedural knowledge to help you protect your loved ones.
Note: Most courthouses will allow confidentiality or even provide protection if possible—simply ask a court officer to notify the judge of your anxiety if you are expected to face the abuser. Some courthouses have private waiting rooms and if you are required to travel through or exit the building, it is possible that an escort can be provided to ensure your safety.
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