All criminal charges have the potential to dramatically impact the life of the accused, if they are found guilty. In most cases the serious consequences do not begin until a guilty verdict is rendered. This is not the case where domestic violence is concerned, however. Even upon being accused, someone can begin to experience negative repercussions—even if the person is innocent.In most cases, when the police arrive, an accused can expect they will removed from their home. Upon removal they will be taken into custody until a bail hearing occurs. If the accused has children, the arrest can also result in issues of access and custody. This is a result of mandatory charge and prosecution policies.While matters of this nature can happen at any time, they often occur in conjunction with the end of a common law relationship or marriage. Because of this, addressing the matter requires navigating not only the criminal justice system, but the family law system as well. The outcome of a domestic violence case can be far reaching and should be taken seriously.The best thing you can do if you find yourself in this situation is to contact a criminal defence lawyer. That individual can initiate the investigation necessary to uncover the evidence necessary to build a strong defence. We handle cases of this nature and have the necessary relationships in place to address all matters related to a domestic violence charge. To learn more about our practice, please see our criminal defence website.