Being arrested on domestic assault charges is very serious, and the best thing you can possibly do is immediately hire an experienced attorney. An attorney will understand your case and will know how to proceed and build a defense before your court date. There are many reasons to hire a domestic assault attorney after an arrest for domestic assault, such as:
1. Your Partner Can't Drop Charges
Many people mistakenly believe that the victim of the domestic assault has any say in whether or not the charges stick. Since domestic assault has become a major issue in the U.S., the court system takes it very seriously. Even if your partner says that he or she does not wish to press charges, it doesn't matter. Prosecutors will look at the case and if their is sufficient evidence charges will be filed against you by the state no matter what your partner thinks. Thus, getting an attorney immediately after your arrest is your best bet for a positive outcome.
2. A Domestic Assault Conviction Has Long-Term Consequences
Being convicted of domestic assault can have consequences long after you go to court. You may face mandatory anger management, fines, and even jail time. You may permanently lose your right to own a firearm, and you will have a blemish on your record that can make it difficult to get hired for a job or be approved to rent an apartment. Your chance of being convicted of domestic assault goes down when you have a competent attorney representing You.
3. An Attorney Can Arrange Plea Agreements
When an attorney is representing you in a domestic assault case, he or she will be able to freely communicate with the prosecutor for the state. Your attorney will able to negotiate on your behalf and arrange for a favorable plea agreement that prevents you from having a domestic assault conviction on your record for the rest of your life. Without an attorney, it will be very difficult for you to communicate with the prosecutor and most people have no idea how to negotiate a plea agreement unless they have legal training.
4. Guidance During the Trial
An attorney will look out for you both in and out of the courtroom after a domestic assault arrest. Your attorney will prep you for your court dates and also ensure that you follow the rules, such as not contacting the victim of the domestic assault, while your case is going through the court system.