Dallas Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer John Helms Presents Facts on Family Violence Charges
Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:44 PM
DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / June 11, 2016 / Let's say that you and your spouse or you and your boyfriend/girlfriend get into an argument, and the police are called because someone claims there has been some kind of violence. Usually, the police will arrest one of the two parties in order to prevent further violence and to give everyone a chance to cool off, says John Helms an experienced Dallas based criminal defense lawyer who deals with domestic violence cases. Obviously, many, if not most, claims of domestic violence are true, but I see a lot in which the person making the allegation made up some or all of it in a fit of anger, exaggerated the other person's conduct or their own alleged injuries, or failed to admit to what they did that may have caused the other person to have to use force in self-defense.
If what was reported to the police in the heat of the moment was not the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, people sometimes decide they do not want their significant other to be prosecuted. This usually happens in the light of day (these incidents almost always happen at night), and after the significant other has been arrested and spent the night in jail. By that time, things have probably cooled off.
When this happens, the alleged victim may contact the police or the district attorney's office (or be contacted by them), and explain that they do not want to "press charges." In this situation, they may be given what is called an "affidavit of non-prosecution," prepared by the district attorney's office, that says that they do not want their significant other to be prosecuted. After they sign this, they may think everything is fine and that the case is over. This is rarely the case. In fact, they may be surprised to learn that their significant other is charged with domestic violence and prosecuted as if they had never signed the affidavit in the first place. If you have been accused of domestic violence, and your significant other has signed this kind of affidavit, YOU may be surprised that the case is not dropped, too.
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JOHN HELMS — Dallas Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
John has been a trial lawyer for more than 20 years.
John has also represented some of the country's largest corporations, including Microsoft, Bank of America, ACE Cash Express, and Philip Morris.
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