Oftentimes what I see in these domestic violence situations is that a husband and wife get in a fight. They love each other -- couples fight, things get really heated. And so many times a wife will say to me “I just wanted to him to cool down and just leave the house for a while. So I called the police so he could cool down.” What people don't realize is when you call the police, they are not there to solve your problem -- they're going to arrest somebody.
Oftentimes there's not even a real component of violence here, but the spouse makes some misstatements and now you, the client, have been charged with domestic violence, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening or terrorizing. And the first thing you need to do is pick up the phone and call this office so that we can sit down and come up with a strategy to not only defend the charges, but get you back in your house, get you back in contact with your spouse and your children, because you've just been excluded from the marital home and you are prohibited from having any contact with your spouse, or with your girlfriend. And that's incredibly stressful for people.