If my ex-spouse and I settled in court on a protective order with no findings of abuse against her or my children, will this effect the criminal investigation against me?

Asked on October 18, 2013 under Criminal Law, Maine


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It can help your criminal case but keep in mind that the criminal matter is a separate burden of proof anyway.  This means that the jury or judge would have to find beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the act (I assume some sort of domestic violence). At this point, your lawyer should be pushing this decision in the current matter by talking to the prosecutor about a plea bargain or dismissal of charges.

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