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Domestic violence accusations increase over the holiday season

Domestic violence can happen any time of the year. But over the holiday season, there is a known increase in domestic violence-related calls. In fact, according to the Domestic Violence Action Center, reports of domestic violence increase by an average of 17 percent on Christmas - and an average of 32 percent on New Years.

So why the increase?

Although it's hard to know for sure, many agree that a combination of holiday stress, more time indoors, and holiday-related drinking play a role.

When the police are called to respond to a domestic violence call, they almost always make an arrest. It doesn't matter whether the call was made by the alleged victim, a child or a neighbor. The police will handle this as they have been trained to do - by treating this as a criminal matter and making an arrest.

If you have been arrested for domestic assault, you should take prompt legal action to ensure that your rights are protected from this point on. A domestic assault conviction can wreak havoc on your life. You may face jail or prison time. Your reputation may be tarnished. You may lose your job. This is not a matter to take lightly.

If you have been charged with domestic assault, you need to be aware of your legal options. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer from Schweitzer & Davidian, which offers a free consultation to prospective clients.