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Domestic Violence House Calls with Austin Police

Austin, TX Attorney, Kevin Bennett, explains what to expect when the police respond to a domestic dispute/violence call so you can be prepared to protect your loved ones.

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Transcription below:
“An arrest for a domestic or family violence, usually starts with a call to 911. Typically, a married couple, partners, family members are in some type of argument. Often times, it’s a very trivial argument but things quickly get out of control and somebody calls the police. Usually just with the intent to have the police come and settle everything down, break things up. But what they don’t realize is that when the police are called out to their home, to a domestic dispute, someone is almost certainly going to jail. The police will come and they will separate the parties and they will question each party individually. And they will be looking for certain things to try to find a reason to arrest someone and take them to jail. They will put words in people’s mouth, they will make accusations themselves, or try to turn the parties against each other to find, what we call, probable cause to arrest one of the parties. And at that point, once somebody is being arrested, the other party, who we call, the alleged victim, there’s nothing they can do to stop them from going to jail, they may tell the officer, ‘I do not want this person to go to jail’, they may plead with the officer, ‘Please do not take this person to jail, I don’t want them to go to jail, I don’t want to press charges’. And an officer will say that, ‘That’s too bad, when we’re called out and we believe a crime’s been committed, we’re going to take someone to jail.”

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