While all couples fight, there are times when it gets out of control. Sometimes, the police get involved and you might find yourself accused of domestic violence.
So, what should you do if you are accused of this crime?
If the police come to your home, go with them easily. If you try to argue and resist arrest, you are only making it worse. You might even end up with a worse charge than the one that you have.
You also need to remain silent until you have proper representation. You don't want to say something that could really hurt your case. Instead, go with the police and follow their orders without speaking. Some police officers will do whatever they can to make you say something that will incriminate you even farther so the best thing that you can do is just keep quiet.
Make sure that you get a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal law lawyer will help you through this difficult time. Hopefully, he or she will be able to get your charges dropped. If not, he or she will do everything that they can to get the least punishment possible so that one fight won't ruin your life. Some people are tempted to handle the court system on their own. Don’t do it. If you are not able to afford a lawyer, you should use the court-appointed one.
If you find yourself with a restraining order, make sure that you follow it down to every last point. We sometimes see individuals ignore a restraining order to their detriment. If you don't follow the requirements of the order and try to see or contact your husband, wife, or partner, you may make your case even worse!
Show up for court. The District Attorney is not legally required to file criminal charges by the date listed on your ticket or the date your bail agent gives you. Sometimes that date passes, and charges are filed much later. We have seen individuals who miss their court date because they were never notified of it. You need to make sure that you know when you’re supposed to show up for court. If you miss it, a warrant may be issued for your arrest!
Getting taken into custody for domestic violence can be quite scary. You are usually wound-up from the fight that made the police show up at your home in the first place. Then, you may be taken away from your own home. However, the best thing that you can do is to cooperate. The more that you argue with the police or yell and scream, the worse that you are going to make it. The best thing that you can do is remain silent and hire a top-notch criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis to be on your side!
If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence in Temecula, Menifee, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Perris, Corona or any other surrounding Riverside County city, it's important that you obtain the best representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact our law office immediately to schedule a free and confidential consultation.