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Impact of domestic assault charges can be devastating

There is no doubt that domestic assault and violence is a serious problem in the United States. However, there is no clear answer on how to address the problem, especially considering the fact that domestic assault allegations often boil down to one person's word against another's.

Trying to figure out who is telling the truth and what actually happened during an altercation can be extraordinarily complicated as there are at least two sides to every story. Further, many arguments start small and can quickly escalate, getting out of control. With emotions running high and defenses up, it can be very difficult to accurately restate later what happened.

Unfortunately, this means that many people are wrongfully accused of domestic assault. Maybe one person is still angry about something and wants to punish the other by accusing him or her of assault. In some cases, witnesses say they heard or saw a fight but took things out of context. It can also be a case of misinterpretations of actions that happen or don't happen during a fight.

But even when the allegations are untrue or cannot be confirmed, the impact of the accusations can be more damaging than people realize.

For example, over the past couple years, U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo has been involved in two separate domestic disputes. Most recently, she was accused of assaulting her half-sister and her son. However, the case was ultimately dismissed.

Despite the fact that she was never convicted, the allegations have followed Solo and the details of the ugly incidents often appear in the same news stories detailing her impressive performance in the Women's World Cup.

What this story should remind readers is that even the allegation of domestic violence can affect a person's reputation, career and family long after charges have been dropped. Of course, being convicted can do even more damage.

Considering how serious the impact of domestic assault accusations and convictions can be, it can be crucial to approach your defense just as seriously if you are facing these charges. Working with an attorney to defend yourself can help you work to minimize or even avoid the consequences of a criminal charge.

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