If you get a domestic battery charge as a result of a confrontation between you and a family or household member, there are certain things you should do – and some things you absolutely shouldn’t do.
What to Do if You Get a Domestic Battery Charge
First things first: If you get a domestic battery charge, you have the right to talk to an attorney. You should get in touch with a lawyer as soon as you can to get case-specific legal advice on what to do and how to respond when police ask you questions.
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Most people don’t talk to the police until they’ve spoken with an attorney. You have every right to refuse to answer questions until you have gotten legal advice – and it’s a good idea to let the police know you want to use your right to remain silent. They’re not joking when they say that anything you say can be used against you in court; when police interrogate you, they’re trying to get you to admit to committing the crime of domestic battery. Even if you don’t admit it, they’re looking for answers that could help the court convict you – so it’s best to keep quiet and wait for legal advice.
Talking to Your Lawyer
When you talk to your lawyer, he’ll have several questions for you. He might ask things like:
- What led up to the alleged incident?
- Where did the alleged incident take place?
- Who else was there at the time of the alleged incident?
- Can anyone back up your side of the story?
- What did the other person who was involved do?
You’ll have a chance to ask your lawyer your own questions, too. He’ll take your time together to answer your questions, explain what happens next and talk about possible outcomes for your case.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About a Domestic Battery Charge?
If you’ve picked up a domestic battery charge, we may be able to help you.
Call us right now at 847-920-4540 to talk to an experienced Chicago domestic battery defense attorney and get advice during a free case review.