What To Do In A Domestic Battery Situation
You have been in an argument with your spouse or significant other or someone you live with. The argument turns heated. Law enforcement appears at your doorstep in response to a 911 call.
What do you do?
If you are still present at the scene when law enforcement arrives, the best strategy is to make no statements to the police. Chances are (nearly 100%) you are going to be arrested whether you talk to the police or you don’t talk the police. Law enforcement invariably makes an arrest in these situations so it is better to say nothing, spend the night in jail and bond out in the morning. Do not answer any questions posed to you by law enforcement. Just say you want to speak to an attorney first before answering any questions. This will stop all questioning, but it will get you arrested. This is better than making statements that can and will be used against you in Courtroom of law to convict you.
It is better to be inconvenienced now than get an unnecessary conviction, a term of probation, involving substantial court costs and fines and many other criminal sanctions. Do not convict yourself. Keep your mouth shut.
If you leave the scene before law enforcement arrives, law enforcement will call you on the phone and ask you to return to the scene. My advice is not to return to the scene, but a warrant for your arrest will issue because you didn’t return to the scene. That’s when you contact an attorney who will begin the process to either recall the warrant or have you turn yourself in and then bond out. The key here is you are not making any statement or statements in the heat of the moment to law enforcement that can be used against you in Courtroom of law to convict you.
Think of it this way. Law enforcement is your legal adversary or enemy. Your defense attorney is your legal friend. Your defense attorney is out to get you your best legal result. The State of Florida is out to convict you. You want to get the best legal result. As such, you need to keep your mouth shut, and make no statements in response to any questions posed to you by law enforcement.The only thing you should be saying to law enforcement is: I want to speak to my attorney before I make any statements or answer any questions.
If you have any questions on what to do, call me. My name is Charles Mead. I can be reached at 561-362-6677 or 954-493-7474. Or, visit my website www.charliemead.com and view my videos.