What Do You Not Do If You Are Arrested or Accused for a Domestic Violence?
Many people accused of domestic violence offenses do exactly the wrong thing. They only end up making a bad situation worse.
Do not try to persuade your accuser to retract the accusation or to drop charges. Only a prosecutor can drop a charge. You put yourself at risk of being charged with intimidating a victim or obstructing justice if your accuser claims that you made threats or asked her to lie to the court.
If you contact your accuser in violation of a family violence protective order or a protective bond condition, you will be charged with a crime. Even if no protective order has been entered or requested, any attempt you make to contact your accuser after your accuser calls the police puts you at risk of being arrested for witness tampering. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to your accuser or anyone else.
Any time you are accused of a crime, you need to be on your best behavior. Any new crime you are accused of committing just makes things worse. Stay out of bars. Stay away from alcohol. Do not get into arguments, particularly with your accuser’s family or friends. Keep a low profile. Wait for the accusation to be resolved before you resume your normal life. Until that happens, do everything you can to avoid situations that put you at risk of a new arrest.
Accusations of domestic violence need to be taken seriously. Before you do anything else, talk to a domestic violence attorney at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd. Call 800-456-7838 or fill out our online Contract Us form to ask for an appointment at one of our convenient offices. We have offices in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Midland/ Odessa Texas.