Here’s what you need to know.
What to Say to Police if You’re Arrested for Domestic Battery
Here’s the scenario: You’ve had a fight with a person you live with or have a “domestic relationship” with. He or she calls the police and accuses you of getting physical.
The police start asking questions about what happened.
Your best bet – even if you’re completely innocent – is to ask if you’re being arrested. If you are, let the police know that you want to talk to your attorney.
Your Right to Remain Silent
When police arrest you, you have the right to remain silent. That means you don’t have to talk to police at all when they ask you questions.
You also have the right to talk to an attorney and get legal representation.
Unfortunately, a lot of people think that because they’re innocent, they can simply explain the situation to the police (the same police who are there to arrest them) and everything will be fine. And in a perfect world, that would be the case – but police aren’t perfect, and if someone is accusing you of committing a serious crime like domestic battery, you have a lot on the line.
Police have one job: to get the “bad guy.” They’re trained to ask questions in ways that get you to admit guilt, and sometimes they’re so good at it that it works on people who aren’t really guilty. Sometimes police misunderstand the situation, too, which means you’re at risk of being convicted of a crime you didn’t actually commit.
Because you have the right to talk to a lawyer, and you have the right to keep quiet and not say anything that could get you into trouble, it’s probably in your best interest to get in touch with an attorney immediately. Your lawyer will work to preserve your rights from the moment you call him, and he’ll help you deal with the police and, if necessary, the court case you’re facing.
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What if it’s too Late and You’ve Already Talked to Police?
If you didn’t know about your rights or you talked to police anyway, that’s okay. Call us and we’ll go through the whole situation to create a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About a Domestic Battery Arrest?
If you’ve been arrested – or if you’re about to be arrested – for domestic battery, we can help you. Call us right now at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below for a completely free consultation with a domestic battery defense lawyer.