If you’re like many people on the receiving end of domestic battery charges or aggravated domestic battery charges, there’s a little bit (or a lot) of he-said, she-said involved in your situation. In many cases, one party alleges that the other is guilty of domestic violence, the other says he or she is innocent, and there is nobody else who can corroborate the story.
So how do you defend against he-said, she-said domestic violence accusations?
How Do You Defend Against He-Said, She-Said Domestic Battery Cases?
Here’s the deal. It doesn’t matter what the police believe, what the prosecutor believes or what your friends and family believe, at least from a legal standpoint. (What your friends and family believe is a totally different story if they’re called to testify in court, but that’s something you’ll need to discuss with your Chicago domestic battery lawyer.)
What matters is whether the person accusing you of the crime is able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you’re guilty of a domestic battery offense.
The he-said, she-said aspect of your case can really stress you out – but the bottom line is that the prosecutor needs to be confident that he or she can succeed in proving you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sometimes that’s not even possible based on he-said, she-said testimony, which is basically your word against the other person’s word.
What to Do if Someone Calls the Police On You for Domestic Battery
Whether you’re innocent, guilty or somewhere in-between, the most important thing to remember is that you should not talk to police. Don’t say anything, even if you feel like you’re doing yourself a favor by professing your innocence.
Some people make the horrible mistake of saying something like, “Well, I don’t think I hit her. If I did, it was just a little shove.” Saying something like that is almost an admission that you could be guilty – and you’re better off not saying anything at all.
If someone calls the police on you to accuse you of domestic battery, don’t say anything. Go outside and get away from the situation, and call an attorney immediately. Your lawyer will tell you what you can and can’t do next.
Are You Involved in a He-Said, She-Said Domestic Battery Case?
If someone has called the cops on you and accused you of domestic battery, call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free consultation. We can meet you at the police station if you’re arrested, and we can give you legal advice you can use right now.