What happens when the police intervene in a domestic dispute?

On Behalf of | May 31, 2023 | Blog, Criminal Defense

Domestic disputes are never easy to navigate, especially when your emotions are running high. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reported that nearly half of Americans have dealt with aggressive behavior from their partners at some point, and this behavior can lead to physical abuse.

You might feel like calling the cops is the only viable option. However, if the police get involved, the process may not be as straightforward as you initially thought.

How do police handle domestic disputes?

Different police departments have different policies when it comes to responding to domestic disputes. Some departments may be lenient and try to mediate the situation without resorting to arrests. Other departments take a zero-tolerance approach and will arrest the primary aggressor, regardless of the circumstances.

How do the police decide who to arrest?

In Texas, domestic violence is any physical harm between spouses that are not self-defense. Threats of harm also fall under this umbrella. If the police see evidence or hear witness statements that pertain to domestic violence, they may have probable cause to make an arrest. This is where things can get tricky, as the line between evidence and speculation can be blurry.

In some cases, one spouse may falsely accuse the other of domestic violence. This is especially common if a person wants to gain an advantage in a divorce or custody battle. You must be ready to defend yourself if an accusation like this comes up.

Domestic disputes can be a lot to handle, but you must remain calm and rational. If the police arrive on the scene, be respectful and cooperate with them. You can get past the situation if you take the right measures.