If you have recently been arrested for domestic violence, you probably understand that these accusations can lead to some very serious consequences for you. Because of this, you should avoid some things when facing these charges. Your actions while dealing with pending domestic violence charges can have a big impact on your case - and your life - so you should be careful.
Here are some things you should not do after being accused of domestic violence.
Make Contact With the Accuser
After being accused of domestic violence, your first instinct might be to contact your accuser. You may want to apologize about something that happened, or you may want to ask your accuser why he or she is accusing you of domestic violence. Even though you may want to smooth things over or get an explanation, you should generally avoid making contact.
Otherwise, the contact could be seen as stalking or harassing behavior. This could be used against you in court, or it could even result in additional charges.
Violate Any Court Orders
Along with avoiding contact with your accuser in the aftermath of the domestic violence accusations, you should also avoid otherwise violating any restraining orders or other court orders. For example, if you share a home with the accuser, you may want to enter the home to retrieve some of your belongings while the accuser is not there. But depending on the court orders that might be in place, you may not be allowed to do this.
Make sure that you are clear on what you are and are not allowed to do. Otherwise, you could end up being arrested again and could face additional charges. Additionally, these violations might not look good for your domestic violence case.
Say the Wrong Things to Law Enforcement
Law enforcement officials might ask you questions about the situation and may want to talk to you about your case. No matter how friendly the police might be during these exchanges, you need to understand that anything that you say can be used against you in court.
Therefore, along with being careful about confessing to domestic violence charges, you should also watch your words carefully to make sure that they cannot be misconstrued. For example, if you agree that you and the accuser did, in fact, get into an argument - even if no violent acts occurred - this information could be used against you. When in doubt, just stay silent.
Handle the Case on Your Own
Many people think that they can handle their own court cases. If you think that your situation is just a simple misunderstanding or if you have been falsely accused, you might have faith in the criminal justice system and may assume that you can defend yourself. However, this is a serious risk to take.
Domestic violence is taken very seriously in the United States. After all, it leads to many deaths each year. A lot of consequences also can go along with a domestic violence conviction. Your reputation could be tarnished, and you could be facing a loss of freedom.
Your criminal record can also follow you and prevent you from getting jobs, renting apartments, and more. Domestic violence convictions can also get in the way of things like getting custody of your children if you later face divorce. Because of this, you should definitely seek legal representation.
If you're facing domestic violence charges, you must take the matter seriously. Contact us at Wilson David, Attorney at Law. We can schedule a free consultation so that we can sit down and talk to you about your case.