The key is that these criminal activities are committed against a known, trusted individual. The breaking of that trust is what can elevate the charge from simple assault to aggravated assault, or lead to surrounding charges, as well.
Credible threats toward another family member, the household’s children, or even themselves (“I’ll kill myself if you don’t do that!”); or
Commits any type of psychological violence, such as coercion or blackmail.
As a general rule, the police appreciate calls from people genuinely worried about the safety of themselves or a loved one.
The Two Times You Should NOT Call the Police
That said, police are not there to settle heated domestic arguments and should only be called if there is genuine fear or an actual injury.
Calling the police in any situation that is not an emergency will result in a loss of resources and serious consequences for the alleged abuser.
If you are in one of the following situations, then think twice before calling the emergency line.
As a scare tactic for your partner. Using the threat of arrest or legal retaliation to convince your loved one to do what you want them to do will not be looked on kindly by law enforcement. In fact, it may lead to investigations against yourself!
To settle a dispute. The police aren’t your personal referees for arguments, no matter how bitter. They’re there to keep the peace in the area – not the peace in your relationship. If you need a neutral party to help resolve an argument, then consider professional therapeutic services or mediation services of your local family law attorney.
As a rule of thumb, if there is no reason to believe that things will not get violent, there is no need for the police to intervene immediately via 911.
Those concerned about a systemic abusive situation can file a police report at their local barracks or by calling the non-emergency line for their region.
Once the police are called, the case is out of the caller’s hands. The police will file a report, and the state can choose to prosecute or not, depending on the situation.
If you or someone else finds themselves at the wrong end of a domestic violence charge, then you need someone who’s willing to listen to the whole story – and give you the criminal defense to which you are Constitutionally entitled.
JC Law criminal defense attorneys will listen to you and make sure the court hears what you have to say, too, before your life, your family, and your reputation are shattered by hearsay.