What To Do If You're Accused Of Domestic Violence
Feb. 11, 2019
Domestic violence is something that’s taken very seriously—and for good reason. Any kind of abusive or aggressive behavior deserves to be dealt with clearly and methodically. With that said, even an allegation of domestic violence can be life-altering, and those who face these charges deserve an honest trial with skilled representation. That’s something the Davis-Jones Law Firm provides.
In this post, we’re going to offer just a few guidelines for those who are accused of domestic violence. Here’s what you should do to make sure you receive the fair legal treatment you are entitled to.
What to Do When Faced with Domestic Violence Charges
What to Do When the Police Arrive
When the police are called to check on a domestic disruption, there is a very high likelihood that someone will be arrested.
If you’re the party who is taken into custody, remember that anything you say can and will be used against you—and the police may try to coax you into saying more than you should. You always have the right to remain silent until you speak with your attorney, and that’s a right you should invoke.
With that said, do be polite to the police. Being aggressive, nasty, or confrontational isn’t going to get you out of custody faster, nor is it going to engender more favorable treatment from the court.
What to Do When You’re in Custody
Once you’re in custody, the first thing you need to know is this: Never make or sign off on any kind of written statement until you speak with your lawyer. And, don’t make any kind of a “deal” with the police; frankly, they don’t actually have that kind of authority.
Remember that the jail’s phones are not private—and avoid saying anything that could incriminate you.
Finally, cooperate with the guards; again, treating them disdainfully will only make your situation worse.
You won’t get out of jail until you see the judge, who will almost certainly set your bail amount and also tell you when you’ll be on trial. You’ll only be denied bail if you have a lengthy criminal record or are perceived to be a flight risk, both of which are fairly unlikely to happen.
If you need help making bail, ask to speak with a local bondsman, who can help you get out of jail and back home with your family fairly quickly.
Remember to pay attention to any specific instructions the judge gives you about your release, including potential restraining orders. Your legal case hinges on you following these instructions!
What to Do After You’re Released
Once you’re out of jail, that’s when it’s important to call a seasoned domestic violence attorney right away. Your lawyer may be able to make the conditions of your release more favorable right away; and, your lawyer will be an invaluable advocate for you in the courtroom.
And again, it can’t be stressed enough: Make sure you follow all of the judge’s instructions upon your release.
Seek Help from a Seasoned Domestic Violence Attorney in Austin
Domestic violence charges are scary, and they can be daunting—but you don’t have to face them alone.
Instead, you can face them with the guidance of a skilled lawyer who will fight to ensure you get fair treatment—and that’s something we are passionate about here at Davis-Jones Law.
We are a seasoned Austin law firm with ample experience in domestic violence cases. To speak with one of our lawyers today, reach out to our office and ask to schedule a consultation.