Q: How do I handle my Domestic violence case?
Me (18) and my older brother (23) got into a fight basically a wrestling match (no punches thrown). My mother called the police. By the time the police arrived the fight was well over and I was given a domestic violence charge. No one is dropping charges and everyone hopes for it to be expunged. I have arraignment court in a week and am wondering how I should handle the situation.
A: The best advice is to hire a lawyer. I know that sounds self-serving and you're looking a way out of this, but a decent, experienced criminal lawyer will be able to help. Lawyers deal with these charges all the time, they understand what prosecutors need to consider how to deal with these charges. Every case is slightly different, every jurisdiction has different priorities and different policies on how these types of charges are handled. This might be a case that a lawyer will be able to convince a prosecutor to drop the charges, or the lawyer may know of a program that will help divert the charges. Read my recent article about why lawyers should not represent themselves...
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