It can be traumatic to find yourself in handcuffs in your own home, or even placed under arrest outside of your home in your own yard or on your own patio. There are a few things you need to know if this happens to you.
Do not plead your case to the police
It is one thing to tell your side of the story after the police arrive, but this is before an arrest is made. If an officer determines that you are the one who will be arrested, then it is over. Nothing you say will change the situation. The police officer will not continue to listen to your argument, and then change his or her mind which then leads them to take off the handcuffs. Anything you say after you are placed under arrest will only make it more difficult for a domestic violence attorney tampa to represent you. Once you are under arrest, politely inform the police officer that you wish to remain silent and speak to an attorney.
There is a procedure that must be followed
The exact procedure will depend upon the laws in the state you are living in, but each state has a procedure that the police will follow. There are will be a certain amount of time that you are held by the police. After this, it is possible that your domestic partner will file for a temporary restraining order. If this is the case, you will need to speak to an attorney about the procedure for getting your personal items from your home. You should always follow the laws in your state regarding domestic violence. Otherwise, you will be making your situation worse.
Regardless of your guilt or innocence, you must remain calm when the police arrive. It may be the case that your domestic partner has a bruise or scratch from an incident unrelated to you. However, if the cops see this, it may be enough to take you in. Remain calm, and until you are arrested, you can tell you side of the story, but never admit guilt. If you are arrested, do not make the situation worse by continuing to speak. It is likely you will say something that incriminates you.