Accused of Domestic Violence?
If the police have been called to a scene where someone has been accused to domestic violence, the probability that someone will be arrested is high. If you are on the receiving end of this accusation, it is very important that you know how to handle yourself and conduct yourself appropriately. Oftentimes, when we are feeling upset or defensive, we say things we don’t mean, overreact at the wrong time, or lose all ability to maintain composure. Despite your best intentions, now is not the time to plead with your accuser or the police for leniency, forgiveness, or insist on innocence. Alternately, you should not confess to any crime out of guilt or a sense of fear. This is when you should ask for your lawyer.
Be quiet and be patient.
It is the nature of domestic violence that the accused and the accuser have a close, intimate relationship. This adds a complex layer to the emotions being experienced by both parties. “Intimate relationship” is defined as a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present, or unmarried couples. This definition is also applied to situations where persons – married or unmarried – are both the parents of the same child.
What’s Sobriety Test Options Are There?
If alcohol is suspected, you’ll have options for which test to take. You can take a breath test either on the roadside or back at the police station. This will show your blood alcohol content and tell them whether you’re in a safe range. Alternatively, whether alcohol or drugs are suspected, you can also take a blood test, which may be more accurate. If the officer suspects drugs, you will have to take a blood test, since breath tests cannot show the presence of drugs.
If you are the accused, don’t fuss and make a scene, as this may lead to additional charges depending on the severity of your actions. The law is very specific about the process and procedure for law enforcement to follow – no matter how strong or weak the evidence against you may be. For instance, when someone in Colorado has been arrested or changed with domestic violence, that person must remain in jail until they are able to appear before a judge. This may take some time and isn’t something that can be rushed. However, a criminal lawyer is well versed with this process and can keep you updated on the status of your case.
Consult a lawyer. Immediately.
Domestic violence is a serious charge and requires someone with experience navigating this landscape. An attorney will be able to assist with evaluating the evidence against you, help you determine the best defense and next course of action. Even if the accusations against you are false, with enough evidence, nearly anyone can be convicted of nearly any crime. This only adds to the reason you need to get a lawyer on your team right away. The sooner you begin to build your legal team, the better chance you have of disputing the charges.
You are not alone!
Every domestic violence case is different and should be approached by someone who can help you find the correct path moving forward through this difficult situation. DO NOT plead guilty to any charge before you have contacted an attorney. Police officers, detectives, or other law enforcement officers you may interact with are not there to help you, regardless of what they may lead you believe. The only person you can guarantee is keeping your best interest in mind is your lawyer. Contact us today if you or someone you know needs assistance with a domestic violence charge.
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