Domestic violence charges can be incredibly serious and can have a huge impact on a person’s future. A person who is charged with domestic violence will want to make sure they speak with a lawyer to learn more about what could happen in their case. When they’re thinking about how to avoid the charges, especially before they speak with a lawyer, they will need to know what will not work for domestic violence defense in Tyler, TX.
Talking to the Police and Admitting What Happened
Many people believe they can just explain their side of the story to the arresting officer and they’ll be able to avoid an arrest or escape the charges they’re facing. This does not happen; what actually happens is that they will end up telling the officer something that can later be used against them in court. They won’t avoid charges, they’ll make it more likely they’re convicted through an accidental confession.
Talking to the Victim of the Domestic Violence
A number of people who are arrested for domestic violence will try to talk to the victim and encourage them to drop the charges. This doesn’t work for a number of reasons. First, the arrested person will likely not be allowed to contact the victim and could face additional charges if they do contact the victim anyways. Second, this could be construed as an attempt to intimidate the witness into withdrawing their testimony, which could be an additional felony charge.
This also won’t work because the victim really can’t decide if they want to press charges or not. That is for the prosecution to decide. The victim could decline to participate in the case, which could lead to the charges being dismissed due to lack of evidence. However, if the prosecution still believes they have sufficient evidence to secure a conviction, they can go forward with the charges even if the victim is unwilling to help.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with domestic violence, you need a solid domestic violence defense in Tyler, TX to avoid the harsh penalties you’re facing. Be careful with what you say and do before speaking with a lawyer so you don’t make any mistakes. As soon as possible, contact the Law Office of Holmes & Moore P.L.L.C. to get help. Visit our Google+ page for more details.