The holidays can be a joyful time, yet they are often incredibly stressful for individuals and families. On top of the holiday stress, the winters in Chicago can be incredibly long and challenging. In particular, parents of young kids must endure the added stress of dealing with rowdy kids who have been cooped up inside for many months. Additionally, the holidays often put financial stress on parents and spouses. When schools close for the winter holiday, many parents are left scrambling to find and pay for additional child care.
All of the pressures associated with the winter months can cause parents and kids to get cabin fever. When people are stressed, worried about money and their children, they are more likely to make mistakes. Arguments over money and finances might lead to a husband acting aggressively and punching a wall or screaming and scaring his wife. Unfortunately, winter stress can lead people to do things that they regret. Every year, good men and women face domestic violence accusations that arise from stressful situations.
False Domestic Violence Accusations are More Common Than You Think
When emotions run high, it is easy for romantic partners to say things they do not mean and do things they would not otherwise do. Additionally, perception is reality. In the heat of the moment, one spouse might think that the other spouse is being aggressive even if they are not intending to come across that way. Difficult emotions can cloud a person’s judgment as to what actually happened. Ultimately, determining what happened in a domestic dispute often results into a he said/she said dispute. Whether the spouse is intentionally or unintentionally making false accusations, those accused of should take the charges seriously.
Police Officers Sometimes Charge the Wrong Person with Domestic Violence
Sometimes, police officers must make a judgment call as to which person to charge with domestic violence. In the chaos of domestic violence scenes, some of those involved might be very emotional. It is easy for police officers to charge the wrong person with domestic violence in the heat of the moment and with police having a zero tolerance policy towards domestic violence accusations, someone is going to end up getting arrested if the police are called.
Affirmative Defenses in Domestic Violence Cases
If you have been falsely accused of a domestic violence charge in Illinois, hiring a skilled attorney is essential. At Glasgow & Olsson, our skilled lawyers listen to our clients’ stories and then develop strategic affirmative defenses.
Our Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys can Fight for Your Rights
When mounting a defense against domestic violence charges, evidence and credibility are key. Illinois prosecutors have a reputation for aggressively pursuing domestic violence charges. Yet, no matter how aggressive the attorney, he or she must still prove that every element of the crime is met in order to secure a conviction. The attorneys at Glasgow & Olsson have the experience needed to poke significant holes in the prosecution’s case. Contact our Cook County criminal defense law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.