Domestic violence is rampant across the United States. Law enforcement agents take domestic violence allegations seriously. While the victims can be either men or women, common perception may assume that men are the main abusers in the relationship. Luckily, though, in a court of law, public perception won’t suffice. Instead, the prosecutor is tasked with showing that violence against a family member has happened “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
If you find yourself facing domestic violence accusations, you can follow some basic outlines to know how you should interact with the police and your accuser. It’s usually important to remain silent and talk to an Orlando domestic violence attorney as soon as you can.
Domestic violence involves assault aggravated battery, stalking, sexual battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, or any other physical injury that may result in injury or death of a family member by another member of the household or family.
Be careful when dealing with the police
When police receive a call related to domestic violence, they usually examine the evidence and arrest one of the parties. When dealing with the police, keep this in mind:
Testifying to the police regarding anything that might have transpired will be used against you when you show up in court. Instead, don’t tell the police anything; just confirm your identity. Don’t let them bully or con you into uttering something you’ll live to regret.
Be polite: Insulting or irritating the police won’t help with your case. The last thing you want is to give the court a reason to look on you unfavourably.
Be nice while in custody
Don’t sign or make any written document. Also, don’t be duped into making any deal with the police because they don’t have authority to do so.
Cooperate with fellow inmates and guards. If you cause any problems, the judge will certainly hear about it. You won’t be released from jail before you see the judge who’ll set the bond along with conditions of release.
The conditions of release may include not possessing weapons, not communicating with the victim, and not going back to your home. Don’t violate any of these conditions. If you violate a restraining order, injunction, or ordered condition, your bond might be revoked and you’ll be taken back to jail.
Don’t speak anything through the jail phone that may incriminate you. Should you use a phone while in custody, note that anything you say isn’t private anymore. Besides, don’t try to call your accuser while in jail as it could be interpreted as stalking.
Seek legal advice immediately
If you are facing domestic violence accusations, whether false or genuine, you should contact a domestic violence attorney fast. Even if you haven’t decided whether to hire the attorney or not, most of them will provide you with priceless information regarding what options you have and the measures you can take protect yourself.
Once you’re released from the custody, you should contact an experienced domestic violence attorney quickly as well. The attorney may help with the modification of your release terms. He or she will also be your advocate when talking with the prosecutor who will decide whether to file or drop the charges.