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If you have been arrested for domestic violence the first decision you have to make is whether or not you are hiring a lawyer. Many times people charged with CDV have had no or only little contact before with the Court system or lawyers and are unsure how to precede. Some people believe that hiring a lawyer is too expensive, failing to realize the significance of their case or the benefits to hiring a lawyer.
First off it is important to know what a CDV defense attorney brings to the table. This should include:
When a CDV lawyer provides these services to a case they are providing value to their client well above and beyond the immediate consequences of the case. CDV convictions may create a lifetime criminal record that is accessible to the general public. This includes review by current and prospective employers, insurers when calculating rates and anyone who bothers to search your name on the State's free online index system or who purchases an inexpensive Internet background check.
An effective legal defense, as can only be provided by a criminal defense attorney, gives you the best possible chance at avoiding the consequences of a conviction. This is a benefit may very well improve your quality of life forever and may have added benefits to your family.