I had lied about my bf in a domestic abuse issue, it was actually a mutual fight, I hit him first and he pushed backed. I was so angry and drinking was involved. I also said he had threatened me with a knife, the knife was nevered in the issue, except being threwn at the door. I feel horrible, he is now in jail and I want to tell the truth, he doesn't deserve this. It was a mistake and I am willing to pay the price, how much trouble am I looking at.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I see two issues here. First if you had told the truth had your boyfriend done enough to get arrested anyway? You are ambiguous about the knife; throwing a knife that lands on the floor could be seen by the police as a threat. In other words your exaggeration may not be the reason he is in jail. Second, of course you want to come clean and tell the truth, even if it won't help him that much. There is usually a victim's advocate in the DA's office to help with these problems. I would speak to that person first before I denounced myself to anyone as a liar. Explain that you have had second thoughts and talk to him/her candidly about it. You have another choice and that is to tell the DA you are not going to cooperate and recant your story if forced to testify. This may work but it also may not discourage the DA. The DA, if he's honest, proceeds on the evidence. If he sees evidence of abuse, the fact that you feel bad having called the cops is not going to deter him.
Unless you are truly a victim of domestic violence (and you may not be willing to accept it if you are), I advise people to leave the police out of their domestic disputes. Once you invite the cops into your living room it's out of your hands.
Some people are under the impression they can call the cops on a partner to teach him a lesson and then drop the charges. Once you call the cops you don't press charges and you don't drop them. The DA does. Everyone should think twice before opening their home to the cops.
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Mr. Kaman is absolutely correct, as usual. Make a choice from the suggestions he makes, or contact a local criminal defense lawyer personally to discuss your options. Good luck.
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