Accusations of domestic abuse could get someone into significant legal trouble. The impact of criminal charges for domestic abuse might spiral into a damaged reputation, problems with visitation rights, and other problems. Sometimes, the accused make things worse for him or herself by making comments to the police. Under the U.S. Constitution, people have the right to remain silent. Unfortunately, the failure to remain silent could harm an alleged abuser. Referring the police questions to a domestic assault lawyer might help a case.

Confusion, Forgetfulness, and Misstatements

Police may arrive at the accused's residence a short time after a domestic incident occurs. A person both upset after the confrontation and surprised by the police's presence might start answering questions without clarity of thought. Forgetfulness and misstatements may be unintentional, but inconsistencies and inaccuracies could compound legal troubles. Additionally, the accused might make self-incriminating statements. Referring the police to an attorney could help keep an alleged abuser from making the situation worse. Unfortunately, many couples involved in a challenging, troubled relationship might not have a criminal defense attorney to call. Perhaps those experiencing contentious relationships with a partner, spouse, or another should speak to an attorney to discuss representation before an incident occurs.

Contemplating Speaking to an Attorney

Two scenarios may appear likely. First, problems with another individual might soon lead to a possible physical confrontation. Second, any physical conflict could result in the police arriving. The police may then hear accusations, possibly false ones, that lead to questioning. Anyone who sees such incidents as likely might find value in bringing the matter up with an attorney. Scheduling a consultation with an attorney may help, as well. Doing so could reflect a practical and proactive step that might help plan a response if law enforcement arrives.

Topics During the Consultation

An attorney might do more than advise someone to remain silent. An experienced criminal defense attorney could explain a more effective way to invoke this right. Someone who never dealt with police questioning or inquiries before may not know the steps to assert his or her rights. A lawyer may even mention tips on the proper tone and attitude to employ.

Preparing the Attorney

Another possible benefit may emerge from consulting with an attorney. The lawyer also might feel prepared for a client's potential interactions with the police. Making the first contact with a domestic assault attorney after the police first appear may not be as preferable as establishing a professional relationship with counsel in advance.  

To learn more about how an attorney can help, contact a company such as Giancola-Durkin, P.A.