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Domestic Violence Attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Being arrested for domestic violence can be a frustrating and stressful experience. The police knock on your door after someone – your spouse, your partner, or perhaps a neighbor – has called to complain. Before you know it, you are being placed in handcuffs and led out to the police car in front of your neighbors. Now, you are most likely subject to a restraining order which throws your life into disarray and are facing charges that could lead to a conviction and long-term consequences including fines, time in jail or prison, and a future of living with a criminal record.

The one thing you should do as early as possible after your arrest is to contact Joshua J. Swords for a free and confidential consultation with a Tuscaloosa criminal defense lawyer. We are not here to judge you – we believe that everyone deserves fair treatment under the law, and we are ready to stand by you throughout this difficult experience. Due to the emotionally-charged nature of domestic violence incidents, and the fact that the perpetrator and victim typically live together, the police will nearly always make an arrest when responding to a complaint, but they do not always arrest the right person. Further, they may be acting on information from a third party, and the alleged victim may have no intention of filing charges against you. What may have started as an argument between you and your spouse or significant other has now turned into a situation where you are being prosecuted by the state of Alabama, and you need proven legal representation on your side.

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About Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

You must at all costs avoid violating the restraining order which was issued against you, regardless of whether you think its terms are fair or if the other person has contacted you with the purpose of reconciling. The provisions of a domestic violence restraining order can include:

  • A prohibition against contacting the other person

  • Prohibition against near the other person

  • Order you to move out of a shared home, even if your name is on the lease or deed

  • Award temporary child custody, child support, and spousal support to the other person

  • Order you to pay certain bills

  • Require you to release or return certain property

Violation of any of these terms can result in an arrest on charges of contempt of court and a possible sentence of fines and time in jail. Instead of taking the risk of further jeopardizing your future, let our team represent you throughout the process and help you achieve your objectives in the case.