As an immigrant in the United States, you should know that committing domestic violence could put your right to stay in the U.S. at risk. Being convicted of domestic violence will make it so that you cannot renew your green card. If that happens, then you could be subject to removal from the country.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, domestic violence occurs when one intimate partner or spouse abuses or threatens the other. This can include all kinds of abuse ranging from immigration-related threats to intimidation and emotional manipulation.
Domestic violence is illegal
Domestic violence is not legal within the United States, and those who are accused need to take those accusations seriously. Victims are guaranteed protection, but the accused may face serious repercussions even before a conviction.
If you’re accused of domestic violence, understand that you may lose your right to stay in the United States if you’re convicted. This is why you need to develop a strong legal defense as soon as you can. If you do not, then you may end up being convicted when other options were available.
How do you defend against domestic violence allegations?
It’s possible to defend yourself against claims of domestic violence, but you need to take action as soon as you can after you find out you’re being accused. To start with, you should discuss your situation with your attorney, so that they understand why you’re being accused. For example, a fraudulent claim of domestic violence might be a way for an actual abuser to threaten your right to remain in the United States. Proving that the abuse did not happen (or could not have happened) is a good way to protect yourself. In some cases, proving that you are the real victim may help you as well.
It can be difficult to fight back when you’re unsure of the laws or restrictions that you have to deal with. It’s important for you to talk to someone who can help, so that you can become familiar with your defensive options and prepare to take the case to court if necessary.