You got in a heated argument with your boyfriend or girlfriend at your apartment, and you told your significant other to leave. Still angry, you decided to call the police and tell them that your significant other hit you.
After your boyfriend or girlfriend has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, you want to come clean. You admit to authorities that you made it up, and tell them that you don’t want your significant other to face domestic violence charges. So what happens now?
Will Domestic Charges Be Dropped if Admit to Lying?
Unfortunately, telling police that you lied about allegations of domestic violence is often not enough to get the charges against your significant other dropped.
This is because a domestic violence case does not involve the caller versus the victim but instead is filed by the district attorney as “People v. the defendant.” The district attorney handling the case has the power to decide whether to file charges, regardless of your request to have the charges dropped.
However, you may be able to play a significant role in getting domestic violence charges dropped against your significant other. If certain information that you provide to law enforcement is true, it may help your significant other obtain a positive outcome in his or her case.
What Should You Do Next?
If you wish to have domestic violence charges against your significant other dropped, you should act immediately or your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse could be facing severe consequences. The best thing you can do is hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your significant other and protect your own interests in the case.
A skilled domestic violence attorney may be able to help you by presenting your feelings to the district attorney in a way that will paint you in a good light and could result in the charges against your significant other being dropped.
Your attorney will also explain your rights to you. This is very important for alleged victims of domestic violence. The district attorney may ask you to testify, and even threaten to put you in jail if you refuse to testify. You need to know that you cannot go to jail for refusing to provide testimony as a victim of domestic violence. However, in some cases, the court can place you on probation or order you to go to victim protection classes.
Our attorneys will attempt to make sure that your rights are not violated and could help you find protection classes to attend.
An experienced lawyer will also work with you to examine the police report in your significant other’s case. If the report is inaccurate in any way – for example, you exaggerated or your significant other was acting in self defense – this could go a long way in getting the charges against your significant other dropped.
Contact an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney Today
Trying to have domestic violence charges dismissed against your significant other can be scary. You will likely have to deal with police and prosecutors. However, you do not have to face this situation alone.
Wallin & Klarich can represent you in a domestic violence case to help you express your feelings to the district attorney and make sure that you do not do anything that could damage you or your significant other’s case. We’ve been successfully defending clients in domestic violence cases for over 35 years. Let us help you now.
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Torrance, West Covina, Victorville and San Diego, there is a skilled Wallin & Klarich domestic violence lawyer available near you no matter where you work or live.
Contact our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.