If you’re like many people, you know that domestic battery often results in a lot of “he-said, she-said.” But what if your spouse lies to police?
What if Your Spouse Lies to Police About Domestic Battery?
Unfortunately, people lying to the police about domestic battery incidents is more common than most of us would like to think. Although there are very real and very serious domestic battery incidents that happen all over Chicago and the surrounding communities every day, there are a significant number of accounts that are actually exaggerated or outright fabricated.
But what can you do if your spouse lies to the police about a domestic battery incident?
First things first: If you’re accused of domestic battery, whether or not the accusations are true, you should probably talk to an attorney. Although many people think that hiring an attorney makes them look guilty, the fact is that it doesn’t matter if people think you committed domestic battery – what matters is whether a judge convicts you of domestic battery.
Related: Do you have to prove your innocence in a domestic battery case?
Many domestic battery defense attorneys also recommend that you don’t talk to police before talking to a lawyer. That’s because if the police are questioning you, anything you say can be used against you later. Even if you don’t admit to anything, you should avoid answering questions until you’ve gotten guidance from an attorney. This is true even if your spouse is flat-out lying about the incident. It’s probably best if you avoid trying to explain your side of the story; that’s what your attorney is for. The last thing you want to do is say something that the police will misunderstand or misconstrue, because your statements can come back to haunt you in court.
Related: What is the Illinois Domestic Violence Act?
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.
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