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What to Do if You Are Accused of Domestic Violence Part 1

You two were such a cute couple in the beginning, but, unfortunately, love doesn’t always last forever. Over time, your relationship erodes and arguments ensue. While the deterioration of your relationship happened with time, arguments escalate fast. As does your spouse’s acrimony. You never thought she would do it, but she’s called the cops and falsely accused you of domestic violence. Unfortunately, someone is going to jail tonight, most likely you.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you realize that it’s nothing to brush off. Domestic violence charges brings serious jail time and often irrevocable damage to your reputation and career. Even if charges are later dropped, the state prosecutor’s office may decide to pursue it anyway.

This series will review a few the actions that you can take, if you find yourself in this situation. For more tips, visit the second part of this article.

Contact a Lawyer Immediately

We can’t express enough the importance of contacting a domestic violence defense attorney in Tampa ASAP. As mentioned in the introduction, the cops are likely to arrest you if your significant other calls them in regards to a domestic violence charge. As your Miranda rights tell you, “anything you say can be used against you”. The police will attempt to coerce information out of you that could be used against you later. You also may be scared. Contacting a lawyer is your best move in this manner.

Don’t Talk to Your Accuser

Whatever you do, don’t make contact with your accuser. A judge will likely order you to not have contact with your accuser. Beyond that, an accuser may attempt to bait you into a conversation that can be used against you. Even if he or she expresses interest in dropping charges, avoid the accuser at all costs.

Talk To Your Family

It’s sad but true, an accuser and the prosecutor may use everything they can to make a domestic violence charge stick, including contacting your family. They will attempt to get them to speak out about your behavior patterns or previous incidents. Talk to you family about your case and encourage them to avoid the accuser.

For a free consultation with an experienced domestic violence defense lawyer in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm at (813) 712-8736 or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.