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Don’t Let the Desire to Keep a Domestic Abuse Charge Private Prevent You From Seeking Help

Jeff Cole
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It doesn’t matter if it was an accident, a mistake, or a misunderstanding. If you’ve been charged with domestic abuse in South Dakota, you face a number of potentially steep and very real consequences. Although you may expect some legal consequences from the charges, such as jail time, fines, or probation, you may not be aware that even being charged with a domestic abuse offense in South Dakota could, whether immediately or long term:

  • Limit your contact with your spouse, children, and other family members
  • Limit your access to your home and personal belongings

In some cases, these consequences may start before you’ve even been convicted or appeared in court. While you may want to quietly accept any punishment in order to protect your privacy and get it over with as soon as possible, you should realize that the consequences may mean more than just coming up with a few hundred dollars or suffering through a weekend in jail.

As much as you may want to keep the charges against you private or handle the matter on your own, the consequences you face with domestic abuse offenses can be life-changing. Although our team understands that you may be hesitant to tell anyone else about the problems you are facing, we want you to know that you can reach out to us for help. By consulting with an attorney, you aren’t necessarily “escalating” the issue—you’re getting the help you need to make sure that the charges against you don’t ruin your future. Our meetings with you are always confidential, and we can even help you manage your privacy while we guide you through your legal options.

If you have any questions, feel free contact our team directly by phone or email.

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