The preliminary police investigation for Domestic Violence will usually only take a few hours. In Washtenaw County, this type of investigation will be conducted by any of the local police departments, including Ann Arbor Police Department, Ypsilanti Police Department, Saline Police Department, Milan Police Department, Chelsea Police Department, or the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department. How quickly charges are filed often depends on how much evidence police have at the beginning stages of their investigation.
Detectives handling these types of cases in Washtenaw County will normally spend the first few hours after the alleged offense questioning witnesses and collecting evidence. Once police have narrowed down the investigation, they will either obtain an arrest warrant from the local Judge or Magistrate or the local district court will issue an order for the defendant to appear at court. If you are a suspect for the crime of Domestic Violence, it is important to obtain a high caliber Washtenaw County defense lawyer before speaking to police or turning yourself in. Police are experts in interrogation and will use every tool at their disposal to obtain a conviction. A seasoned attorney often knows the police and local prosecutors and will help you make the right decisions about how to proceed against Domestic Violence charges. Once a suspect is arrested, the judicial process will begin to move quickly and there is no room for error on the part of a charged defendant.