Norfolk, VA asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: Should I get a lawyer to recant a statement

I filled a report that my fiancé choked me now I do not want him to lose his job

2 Lawyer Answers
Ann Thayer
Ann Thayer
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You shouldn't be messaging or posting on social media. Anything you say can be used against you. Contact a criminal defense attorney in the county where this happened asap and get a consult. If case is in Northern VA I offer a free phone or video consult and you can contact me.

Shemeka C Hankins agrees with this answer

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: There are several issues here and yes you should at least talk to a lawyer about your options. If you told the police this happened and it actually happened, "recanting" is actually telling a lie which you could violate being under oath. If it didn't actually happen, then there is a way to properly recant your previous statement because you could be charged with filing a false police report. If you just don't want him to get into trouble, that is another thing entirely. Additionally, if you started or instigated the fight, a lawyer can properly instruct you on how to plead the fifth. I would advise you to make an appointment today to review all of you options. As Ms. Thayer indicated, local firms, like mine, offer free consultations regarding a number of matters.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.