Middletown, CT asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island

Q: I got in an argument with my ex. He strangled me and upon trying to get him off I scratched him. I got arrested.

I would like to hire an attorney but I am looking at being fired because I have had to miss so much time at work to go to court. I have not one thing on my record and have had 2 restraining orders on him in the past. I dont understand how they cannot see that I was not the aggressor.

2 Lawyer Answers
John LaRochelle
John LaRochelle
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: You should follow through with your plan to hire an attorney. It’s important that you present a strong defense with an effective presentation of the evidence that demonstrates you were not the aggressor.

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Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: You are right-- you need an attorney. I understand why you feel the way that you do. But the fact is you have been charged. The police are often trained to look at the people involved in a domestic dispute. When there is visible evidence of injury, the police are required to charge someone.

You are going to need an experienced attorney, and to make arrangements with your employer when it is time to go to court. Your lawyer may be able to assist with that. I encourage you to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, and suggest that you not post any additional details online. I hope you find this answer helpful. Good luck.

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