Domestic abuse is a serious offense which can be punishable by law. It can affect your social status, family status, your employment status, your freedom and so many aspects of one’s life. However, whatever the situation, everyone is still entitled to their own rights which are why it is important that we are aware of what to do in situations like this.
As soon as a call is made to the police reporting domestic violence or abuse, it is most likely that someone will be arrested, escorted or removed from the premises and brought to jail. Whether or not charges are to be made, an investigation will immediately follow where a prosecutor will decide the fate of the accused.
Once a police officer steps foot into the scene, it is important to remember the Miranda rights or the right to remain silent. This right states, that: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning.” So, as this right states, it is important for you to remain silent at all times and following this, to not show any constraint upon contact with the police.
Many police encounters have ended badly and usually unfavorable to the accused especially when constraint or violence is exhibited. Keeping your composure and submitting to the police is the best thing to do in situations like this and you do not want to add more problems to an already delicate situation.
As the law states, the detainee does have a right to an attorney so if this resource is available to you, it is best that you get in touch with your attorney as soon as possible. It is also important to choose to not say, do or sign anything without a lawyer present as they can determine what the best moves for you that are in accordance at this point.
Moreover, it is important to be truthful, submissive and careful in all actions and words. Whatever actions or words you give out can be used against you in court so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
You’ve got a long road ahead of you and in cases like this, the law is always just and fair, however, it’s always best to protect ourselves before anything else. If you have been arrested for domestic abuse call and make an appointment today for further legal assistance.