Fargo & Moorhead Legal Team

COVID-19 & Domestic Violence in Minnesota

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Minnesota and other states throughout the country to issue “stay-at-home" orders, requiring people to stay in their homes and many businesses to shut down in-person operations for the time being. The only time people can venture outdoors is for “essential tasks,” such as grocery shopping or anything medical related. 

Since families are forced to remain in their homes all throughout each day, watch a constant cycle of terrifying news, and deal with financial issues, especially if they recently lost their jobs due to the lockdown, these factors combined can lead to an increase in domestic violence.  The World Health Organization (WHO) claims domestic disputes significantly rise during times of crises such as epidemics and natural disasters. Many communities throughout China have also experienced a spike in domestic violence during their lockdown period. 

However, there hasn’t been an increase in reported domestic violence cases in Minnesota. In fact, many domestic violence organizations throughout the state said the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a decrease in calls since victims are around their abusers 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 

Since domestic violence is a serious national issue, law enforcement officials take these cases very seriously and there are even special circumstances when it comes to a domestic violence arrest. According to Minnesota law, a police officer may arrest a person – without a warrant – if the officer has probable cause to believe someone committed domestic violence within the last 24 hours, which means the police can make an arrest without having to witness the alleged abuse. 

Unfortunately, many people are falsely accused of domestic violence. It is not uncommon for someone to have a loved one arrested out of revenge or to gain leverage in a family law dispute, like child custody. 

If you are being falsely accused of domestic violence in Moorhead, Cass County, Clay County, or the surrounding areas, let Joe Irby Law Firm protect your rights and freedom throughout the legal process and help you clear your name. 

Contact us today at (218) 325-5050 and schedule a free initial consultation to learn how we can help you.