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What Should I Do if I Have Been Accused of Domestic Violence?

 Posted on February 23, 2021 in Criminal Defense

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Domestic violence involves physical or psychological abuse against a former or current family member, romantic partner, or household member. Wisconsin takes accusations of domestic violence or abuse very seriously. There is not a crime specifically called “domestic violence,” but battery, assault, sexual assault, and other crimes often fall under the category of domestic violence. If you have been arrested for alleged violence against a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-romantic partner, child, or roommate, do not take these charges casually. Your career, reputation, and even your freedom could be on the line.

Do Not Make Statements to the Police Without Your Attorney

You have a Constitutional right to refuse police questioning and ask for your lawyer. It is important to take advantage of this right. Whatever the circumstances of your arrest, the ordeal was most likely traumatic. You may have gotten into a physical altercation with another person and been injured. You may have been accused of things you did not actually do. Experiences like these leave a person in a heightened emotional state. You could easily say things to the police during questioning that you do not mean and end up worsening your situation because of it. Remember, any statements that you make to police can be used against you during criminal proceedings. It is best to remain silent and wait for your attorney.

Gather Evidence of Any Violence Perpetrated Against You

Often, individuals accused of domestic violence have been victimized themselves. When the police are called to a scene to investigate a domestic dispute, they cannot always tell who is telling the truth. It is possible that the wrong person ends up in handcuffs. If you have been physically attacked, threatened, stalked, or financially exploited by the person accusing you of domestic violence, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights. Document every instance of violence perpetrated against you. Take pictures of your injuries and make sure to seek medical attention if you need it. Keep copies of text messages, emails, voicemails, or other communication that is threatening or violent. You may also need to get a temporary restraining order.

Contact a Walworth County Criminal Defense Lawyer

At the Bucher Law Group, LLC, we understand that there is often much more to the story when it comes to accusations of domestic violence. Our Dodge County domestic violence attorneys can help you build a solid defense against allegations of domestic violence. If you have been the victim of domestic violence yourself, we can also help you file a temporary restraining order against the perpetrator. You do not have to face this situation alone. Call us today at 262-303-4916 to arrange a free, confidential consultation.




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