When you’re accused of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery—or when someone takes out an order of protection against you—you need to talk to a domestic violence defense lawyer as soon as possible. That’s true whether you made a mistake or you’re completely innocent, because a domestic violence conviction can stay on your record for life; it can make things like getting a good job, finding a place to live, or even obtaining credit more difficult than it needs to be.
Why You Need a Free Consultation With a Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
The first time you talk to a domestic violence defense attorney, you’re going to have a lot of questions—and the free consultation is the perfect opportunity for you to ask them.
You should ask your attorney:
- How much experience do you have with cases like mine?
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How much do you charge?
- What are the possible outcomes for my case?
- What kind of defense could work for me?
- What will you do if my case goes to trial?
Your lawyer will be able to explain the charges against you, and he’ll lay out a possible roadmap to getting you the best possible outcome in your case.
What Information You Should Provide During Your Free Consultation
Your attorney can’t make a good plan if he doesn’t have all the facts, so he’ll probably ask you specific questions. It’s in your best interest to answer his questions honestly; he won’t ask you something if he doesn’t need an honest answer.
He’ll probably ask you about your version of events, including what led up to the alleged incident, and he’ll need to know what type of relationship you have with the person who’s accused you of domestic violence or gotten an order of protection against you.
A Word on Talking to Police
It’s important that you know you don’t have to talk to police about the incident without consulting your lawyer first. In most cases, even if you’re completely innocent and the accusation came out of nowhere, it’s best to keep quiet until you’ve talked to an attorney.
Do You Need a Free Consultation With a Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer?
If you need to talk to a domestic violence defense attorney, call us right away at 847-920-4540 for your free consultation. We’ll answer your questions and be able to give you case-specific advice you can use today.