If you’ve picked up a domestic battery charge, you need advice from someone you can trust. For most people, that’s a Chicago domestic battery defense lawyer who understands what you’re going through – and who can provide you with insight on how Illinois domestic violence laws work.
After police arrest you for domestic battery, there are a few things you need to do. This guide walks you through each of them.
What to Do After a Domestic Battery Charge
First things first: You do not have to talk to police. In fact, you have the right to remain silent – all you need to say is that you want to talk to your lawyer. You don’t have to answer any questions.
Whether you’re innocent or you made a mistake that you now regret, it’s usually best not to say anything at all.
A lot of police officers and investigators will tell you that if you’re innocent, you need to explain your side of the story. They may also tell you that if you admit guilt or tell them what “really” happened, they’ll get the judge to go easy on you because you’re cooperative.
But it doesn’t really work that way.
Your safest bet is to remain silent until you’ve had a chance to talk to your attorney. Your attorney will give you advice based on your circumstances, and he can be there with you while police question you.
What to Do if You’re Released From Jail After Being Charged With Domestic Battery
One of the most important things you can do after you’re released from jail is to stay away from the person who accused you of domestic battery. Even if the person lives in your home with you, it’s safer for you to stay away than to put yourself in a bad situation. Ask the police to escort you to the house to pick up your clothing and toiletries or ask a friend to get them for you.
Your lawyer will continue to give you advice, and he’ll be there if you have any questions about what happens next or what you’re supposed to do. If you’re ever not sure about something, call your lawyer – you can save yourself a lot of trouble by doing so.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About a Domestic Battery Charge?
If you’ve been charged with domestic battery, we may be able to help you. Call us immediately at 847-920-4540 for a free consultation with an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney.