Getting the best domestic violence defense lawyer for your specific situation is essential when you’ve been accused of domestic battery – and there are a few ways you can help your attorney get you the best possible outcome. Some of the things you can do include:
- Put together a report of what really happened
- Write down the details about your relationship with the alleged victim
- Keep track of events moving forward
3 Ways to Help Your Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
#1. Put together a report of what really happened.
Domestic battery cases are typically a lot of “he-said, she-said,” and usually, the two people involved in the incident are the only witnesses. It’s important that you write down your version of events as soon as possible after the alleged incident – that way, you won’t forget anything important later. Use the questions journalists ask:
- Where did the alleged incident happen?
- When did it happen?
- Who was there and were there any witnesses?
- What started the issue in the first place?
- Who called the police?
- What did you say to the police?
- Did you hear what the alleged victim said to the police?
- Was anyone injured, or was property damaged?
It’s really important that you write down the answers to these questions. It’ll help your attorney prepare your case and help you remember important details.
#2. Write down the details of your relationship with the alleged victim.
When your lawyer is building your defense strategy, he’ll need to know about your relationship with the person who accused you of domestic battery. Write down the answers to these questions:
- What type of relationship do you have (such as marital, boyfriend-girlfriend, or something else)?
- How long have known each other, and how long have you been in the type of relationship you had at the time of the alleged incident?
- Do you intend to continue your relationship?
- Have you had other incidents similar to this one?
- Has anyone called police on either of you before?
- Do you or the other person have a criminal record, drug or alcohol problem, or other circumstances that may affect the outcome of your case?
- Do you live together?
- Do you have children together?
- Do you share money?
#3. Keep track of events moving forward.
This sounds like a strange request, but think about this: The other party – the person who falsely accused you of domestic battery – has an interest in seeing you fail. He or she could allege that you made some type of contact, that you were in the same place, or that you did something else that you weren’t supposed to do.
At the end of every day (or throughout every day, if it’s easier), jot down where you were and what you did. Make note of times and the people you saw, too. This makes it a lot easier to remember what you were doing if another false allegation comes up.
Finally, if the other party contacts you, write it down – and then let your lawyer know.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About False Allegations of Domestic Violence?
If you’ve been accused of any form of domestic violence, call us at 847-920-4540 for a free domestic battery case review. We may be able to help you, so don’t wait – call now.