If someone accuses you of domestic battery, should you confess your guilt to the police? This guide explains what to say to the cops.
Should You Confess to Domestic Battery?
Many domestic battery defense attorneys will say that you should never, ever confess to committing domestic battery when the police question you. Although only you can make the decision whether to confess, here’s what you need to know:
- You have the absolute right to consult with an attorney before you talk to police
- If you confess to committing domestic battery, there’s a good chance you’ll be found guilty immediately – and the penalties of a conviction are harsh
- If you refuse to confess, whether or not you are actually guilty, the state of Illinois is responsible for proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime
What Should You Say to Police if You’re Questioned About Domestic Battery?
Most attorneys will tell you that the only thing you should say to police after an arrest is, “I want to speak with my lawyer.”
That’s very sound advice, because everything that you say to the police can (and will) be used against you later. Even if you’re completely innocent, the things you say can come back to haunt you and help the prosecutor in your case prove that you are guilty… even if you’re innocent. Jails and prisons all over the U.S. are housing innocent people right now.
Many people want to speak to the police because they believe they need to get the truth out there. However, the police station is not the place for that. The place for that is in court. It doesn’t matter if the police think you’re guilty of committing domestic battery. What really matters is whether a prosecutor can convince a judge or jury that you are guilty.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Domestic Battery Defense?
If you need to talk to a domestic battery defense attorney in Illinois, we’re here to help. Call us at 847-920-4540 now – we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation and talk to you about your options.