Sadly, it is not uncommon to see an uptick in cases of domestic violence around the holiday season. While this should be the happiest time of year, the stress of it all can bring out the worst in some people. The stress of the holidays can be the result of worries over money, feuds within the family, or having too much to drink. Here are some things to keep in mind about domestic violence during the holidays:
Why Would Someone be Arrested for Domestic Violence?
You never know what may spark anger in a person, particularly around the holidays. A simple conversation can result in a heated argument that results in a domestic assault. When one person's views do not line up with another's, you never know when an argument can break out. Couples also can fight more during the holiday season. A fight about what can be the simplest of topics can escalate and sometimes get dangerous.
In really bad cases, the police can be called. If the police report for a domestic violence altercation, no one is going to get away with just a warning. Most states have a zero-tolerance policy in cases of domestic violence. At least one person party to the assault will get arrested.
What Happens After an Arrest?
After someone is arrested for domestic violence, the arrested individual will have to go to court. If he or she accepts a domestic violence conviction, there may be some consequences that can impact many facets of his or her life for many years. If the arrested wants to fight a conviction, a domestic violence attorney can help develop a strategy to form a defense. If the defendant has too much evidence supporting a conviction, an attorney may be able to help get a lighter sentence after the fact.
How Can Domestic Violence Be Prevented During the Holidays?
There are some ways to help avoid domestic violence instances during the holiday season. First, if there will be someone at a gathering who is more than likely to incite an argument, or if it is a person who is known to cause problems, make the decision to not attend the gathering or try to steer clear of the person. Do not engage in any sort of debate around the holidays. It is also ideal to stay away from alcoholic beverages which could cloud anyone's judgment.
For more information or assistance, contact a domestic violence law firm in your area.