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Being the victim in a domestic violence case can be traumatising since the process gets difficult and expensive sometimes, especially if you don't have a lawyer to represent you. As the victim, you just want to win the case because losing it could mess up your life in a big way. Domestic violence cases involve a thorough investigation, and that's why you should work closely with a domestic violence lawyer to win. So what should a domestic violence victim do to win the case?
Be Ready to Face the Abuser
If the prosecutor approves the criminal charges, you may have to testify to win the case against the abuser. Be ready to meet the abuser in court and their defence lawyer during cross-examination. Although you may feel nervous at first, you need to gather some emotional strength to tell the judge about the abuser.
If the abuser has some questions for you, listen carefully and let your lawyer dictate how you answer them. If you have something embarrassing, such as bankruptcy, an affair or drinking habit, don't hide it from your lawyer. If you don't do this, the defence attorney may shift their focus to such situations and try to get away with the case.
Hire a Domestic Violence Lawyer
Even if you have all the evidence you need to confront the abuser and win your domestic violence case, it may still flop if you don't understand the legal language used or the representation skills required. Winning any domestic violence charge requires you to involve the lawyer in every step. If you have something to tell the police or prosecutor concerning the case, first call your lawyer so you can do it in their presence.
Although working with a public defender or lawyer that the court appoints may seem a pocket-friendly option, they may not focus on your case the way a private lawyer would do. Ensure the domestic violence lawyer you hire handles domestic violence cases and is a member of the legal association bar in your state or country.
Work Closely With the Police
Abuse allegations won't get a favourable outcome before they are properly investigated. The police assess the abuse case before they hand it over to the prosecutor. If the prosecutor feels the abuser has some criminal charges to respond to, they ask the police to provide the evidence they have to strengthen the case. For instance, if the police officers want to meet you to know how you were abused, don't restrict them. If you have videos or photos showing the cuts, black eyes or bruises you sustained, share the evidence with the police.
Having reliable evidence is one thing and using it to make your domestic violence case stronger is another thing. A domestic violence attorney doesn't only gather reliable evidence, but they also evaluate it to know how they would use it to win your case. The lawyer also evaluates the defendant's admissions or statements and the doctor's notes to know the objections and motion to use during the trial.Share
19 March 2020