If you’ve been accused of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery, you’ll probably want to talk to a domestic violence defense lawyer in Chicago as soon as possible – but how much should you tell him, and where do you draw the line (especially if you’re guilty)?
Here’s what you need to know.
How Much Should You Tell Your Lawyer if You’re Accused of Domestic Battery?
First things first: Don’t say anything to the police if you’re arrested for domestic battery. All you have to do is let them know that you don’t want to answer any questions until you’ve talked to your attorney.
When it’s time to talk to your lawyer, you definitely need to let him know what police have accused you of doing. If you were arrested because your spouse said you got physical with him or her, that’s where you start.
Your attorney will then start asking you questions.
It’s incredibly important that you tell your lawyer the truth about what happened. Answer all of his questions as completely as possible.
Your lawyer can’t build a good defense for you if he doesn’t know the truth about what happened.
What Some People Worry About
Unfortunately, some people worry that if they tell their attorney the whole truth, they’re going to be convicted of a crime. While there’s no guarantee that your case will turn out a certain way – there are so many factors that come into play in the legal system – you can rest assured that your lawyer isn’t going to march into court and say, “This guy’s guilty! Convict him and send him to jail!”
Your lawyer needs to know what happened leading up to your arrest, because there’s a good chance the prosecutor has a similar version of the story – and your lawyer can’t defend what he doesn’t know.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Domestic Battery Charges?
If you need to talk to an attorney about domestic battery charges, or if someone has gotten an order of protection against you, call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free domestic battery consultation. We’ll talk to you about your case, suggest possible outcomes, and start putting together a strategy to defend you in court.