Being part of a family can mean being part of a group of people with divergent interests and needs. Even within a single family household an Oregon resident may feel as though the competing moods and energies of their loved ones is difficult to handle. No every moment of being with one’s loved ones is peaceful, and sometimes familial interactions can become heated.
Unfortunately, in these heated moments allegations of domestic violence are sometimes made. When this happens, lives can be changed forever, even if those allegations are erroneous. This post will introduce 3 important things that Oregon residents should know about domestic violence claims in the state, and readers are reminded that they should not read this post as legal advice.
1. Domestic violence occurs between people in specific relationships
Domestic violence charges are based on the relationships between alleged aggressors and alleged victims. They generally do not apply to alleged acts of violence between strangers or those in short-term relationship. Domestic violence allegations generally occur between married people or divorced parties, adult blood or adoptive relatives, those who do or have cohabitated, those who share kids, and those who have had sexual relationships within the prior 2 years.
2. Domestic violence allegations often result in arrests
Officers who respond to domestic violence calls have broad discretion to decide what has happened between two parties. It is within their power to assess a scene to decide if an assault occurred and if so, which party committed it. If an officer believes that domestic violence has happened, they will arrest the individual they believe was the aggressor.
3. Domestic violence does not have to involve physical contact to happen
One aspect of domestic violence charges that may not make sense to readers is that not all instances of domestic violence involve physical contact or harm. In Oregon, an alleged aggressor does not have to actually inflict bodily injury on their alleged victim to be charged and found guilty. If it is proven that the alleged aggressor caused their alleged victim to be in fear of imminent bodily injury, the alleged aggressor may be found guilty of the crime.
Domestic violence charges can have long-lasting consequences for Oregon residents. Those facing them do not have to confront them alone. They can work with trusted criminal defense attorneys for support to protect their interests and rights.