4 Ways to Benefit Your Case

Being a faced with domestic violence charges and the potential ramifications is a frightening situation. Fines and protective orders are a part of the ordeal, and you might have to submit to electronic monitoring. Plus, accusations of domestic violence could hurt your professional reputation, your community standing, and your custody of or visitation with your children.

If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, there are several steps you can take to deal to try to benefit your situation and move towards the best possible resolution.

#1: Write Down Your Version of the Events

The first thing you can do is to write a detailed statement, reciting the events that occurred during the incident in question. The sooner you can write everything down, the better because everything will still be fresh in your memory. A few of the details to add in your summary include:

  • where the event took place (be specific);
  • a list of others who were present;
  • what started the argument;
  • a step-by-step recount of the events that transpired after it began;
  • any details about the conversation between you and accuser that you can recall;
  • whether or not there were any witnesses; and
  • details about any injuries or property damage.

Provide your lawyer with a copy of your report. Your lawyer can use it to piece together the facts surrounding your case, and it will serve as a starting point for gathering evidence.

#2: Do Not Contact the Alleged Victim & Keep Track of Any Times He or She Contacts You

Contacting the alleged victim can harm your case and may bring about other charges for violating an order to stay away from the alleged victim. Reaching out even to clear the air or apologize for an incident can be damaging.

If the alleged victim contacts you, cease the contact immediately and distance yourself as much as possible right away. Then write down details of the incident. Where did the attempted contact take place? What was the means of communication (phone, in-person)? Did anybody else witness it? What did you do when the alleged victim tried to contact you (hang up, walk away, etc.)?

Journaling daily about your whereabouts and keeping receipts and other documentation may help prove you did not go near the alleged victim.

#3: Participate in Treatment Programs

It might be beneficial to look into local domestic violence and anger management programs, and a drug and alcohol treatment program, if applicable. The courts may wind up ordering your participation in the programs anyway, but it may help your case to start attending a program before your court date.

You can discuss which programs are available in your area with your attorney and whether or not they could benefit your case. Your attorney might be able to use your program participation to help negotiate your case. And if the court orders you to attend any programs or therapy sessions, make sure you attend.

#4: Consult a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

If you haven’t done so already, consult a domestic violence attorney to review your case. An attorney will investigate your case, help devise a strategy and then advise you on the best way to proceed.

If you need legal counsel in Tacoma, contact defense attorney Daryl Graves. Our firm is well versed in Washington state criminal law, and we fight diligently to protect our clients’ rights while providing them with the high level of service that they need and deserve. Contact Daryl Graves Law, PLLC today for a case evaluation in Tacoma – (253) 383-7777.

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