Milton, MA asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Massachusetts

Q: How deep do dv defense lawyers look into witnesses, current employment, detailed background, credit checks?

How far into the witness do you look and do you share any details from those three with your clients?

Such as

places of work

Credit history or report

Detailed background information like previous addresses or anything like that

1 Lawyer Answer

Dakota Martin

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: DV as in domestic violence? It really depends on how serious the case is. In many cases, the search is simply asking the court to run a witness's record. No record, no further search. If the accused knows areas that should be investigated, defense attorneys have a duty to investigate... or have someone else investigate. I can't speak for other attorneys but I do my best to manage information so that only what is necessary for trial is shared with other parties. Often there is a protective order as well, but in a domestic violence case, obviously the parties know each other, so there is nothing to impound or keep private. I haven't had a case that would be affected by a bad credit report.

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