The Qualities To Look For When Retaining An Attorney For A Domestic Violence Case
Interviewer: When I’m thinking that a lawyer can help me with my domestic violence case, what are some qualities that I should be looking for?
Brett Hollett: It’s an attorney that’s handled these type of cases before or someone that you can relate to and someone that you feel comfortable with. I think that connection starts at the initial consultation when you meet face to face. The client wants to know that you have their best interest at heart and that you are going to do everything you can to reach their desired goals — try to minimize the effects of this event on their life.
Self-Representation is Not Advisable in a Domestic Violence Case
Interviewer: Do people ever try to like go at it by themselves and try to defend themselves sometimes?
Brett Hollett: They can, it typically doesn’t end well. Obviously, if you’re charged with the felony offense, the judge is going to strongly advise that you do not defend yourself. If you’re indigent you may qualify for the public defender or an appointed attorney to represent you. Because of the harsh repercussions, potential loss of constitutional rights (right to bear arms) and the social stigma from a domestic violence conviction, I would never suggest trying to go it alone.
Common Scenario Related With Domestic Violence Cases
Interviewer: Is there any sort of, example of a common scenario when it comes to domestic violence, starting from the beginning of the situation to how it ends?
Brett Hollett: I think most of the cases start obviously because somebody is upset with another person and then, an argument may ensue and then the argument may be fueled by like I said drugs or alcohol and the argument continues and then either some kind of assault or harassment or something does occur or doesn’t occur and then, like I said, the police are called and once the police are called, a report’s going to be taken and someone is most likely going to jail.
Drugs or Alcohol May Act as Aggravating Factors in a Domestic Violence Scenario
If you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it a hundred times. I mean I’d probably say 85 to 90 per cent of these cases have to deal with parties that have been drinking or using drugs. When people are drinking or using drugs their judgment becomes impaired and then, they get to arguing and things just escalate a lot quicker than people that are not under the influence. It is a lot harder for people to walk away from a situation or argument if they are intoxicated.
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