Domestic violence is a serious accusation. Once the police become involved, the case is out of your hands. It is not up to the alleged victim to decide whether to press charges and the prosecution likely will still pursue a case against you even if the victim does not want to.
For this reason, it is important that you consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Once the police have arrived on the scene, your rights and freedom are at risk. It is important to keep your mouth shut (except for providing your information) regarding the incident, as anything you say at that point could be used against you. Instead, ask to contact your lawyer. By having your defense lawyer represent you from the onset, your chances of not having charges filed or of an acquittal are much better.
The Law Office of Russ Wyatt is a Sacramento criminal defense law firm which is committed to helping clients who are facing domestic violence accusations. We understand the gravity of these charges and will fight to protect your rights under the U.S. Constitution, providing an effective defense strategy that can hold up in court, even in the face of the often gruesome and violent accusations you face.
Why Hire a Domestic Violence Lawyer?
If you are accused of domestic violence in Sacramento, you may face felony or misdemeanor charges. Domestic violence includes spousal abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. The penalties for domestic violence may include fines, counseling, anger management, jail time and a state prison sentence. Additionally, a domestic violence charge can negatively affect a child custody dispute or divorce – not to mention the fact that you will have a criminal record if you are convicted of this crime.
An attorney can defend your rights. By proving factual innocence, false or exaggerated accusations or that your rights were violated, your attorney can secure an acquittal on your behalf or have valuable evidence suppressed that will favor your defense. Your attorney will conduct an independent investigation and interview witnesses in order to build your case. At our firm, we help clients throughout the Sacramento area who are facing domestic violence charges.