When a person is charged with domestic assault or criminal harassment, the stakes are high, even if the allegations are false. In these cases, police often have a policy of "arrest first, ask questions later," and people can find themselves unfairly accused or facing charges that simply don't fit the facts.Being accused of domestic violence can also have a serious impact on family court proceedings, as charges of domestic assault often arise when marriage and common law relationships are ending. The accused individual is usually removed from the home and taken into police custody, and the terms of being released may prevent the person from having access to his or her children.In these situations, it is extremely important that a criminal defence lawyer intervenes as soon as possible, and that the lawyer is familiar with family court proceedings and knows how to conduct in-depth defence investigations.To protect our client's rights in criminal court and family court proceedings, the lawyers of Neuberger & Partners LLP work with family law lawyers. We often retain private investigators, as well, to uncover evidence that challenges the prosecution's claims. Such evidence may include electronic communications such as emails, Facebook chats and text messages.We also prepare our clients for trial and cross-examination. Court proceedings are very formal, and it is important that you know what to expect in court if you have been accused of a domestic offence.To learn more about defending against charges of domestic assault, criminal harassment and related charges, please see our domestic dispute overview.