Domestic Assault Attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

What advice do you have for me if I’ve been charged with domestic violence?

Cleveland, OH criminal defense attorney Jay Milano gives his advice for someone who’s been charged with domestic violence.

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so here’s the thing about domestic
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violence
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among personal kind of cases
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those are the most personal uh
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this is families torn apart you know
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domestic violence can be a screaming
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fight
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domestic violence can be no touching at
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all
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but they carry enormous weight it’s
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about the only place
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i personally go into municipal city
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courts
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often because the stakes are so high and
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i’ll tell you
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the system doesn’t know how to stand how
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to handle it you know criminal courts
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aren’t the place for family problems
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you know i once had a very uh
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solid family um husband wife and child
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husband and wife get into an argument in
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the argument they argue over keys on a
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string and they’re pulling them apart
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like
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this the wife gets a cut on her finger
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the husband before we met him but for a
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long time and even
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for a while after we met him had to go
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see his kids by picking him up at the
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police station
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based upon that little fight so the
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problem with domestic violence cases
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is that again the world is afraid
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that if they let a domestic violence
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defendant lose
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and they’re wrong and he really is a
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domestic violence
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um a perpetrator and the most famous
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story happened
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two miles from our office they let a man
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loose and he killed his wife the next
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week
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so again the system loads in
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to uh to hurt him and the penalties are
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enormous
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domestic violence cases never come off
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your record domestic violence cases mean
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you can never own a gun
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those cases too take patience on behalf
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of the people because they
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the clients you know clients don’t come
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in understanding
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they think i had a fight with my wife
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leave us alone i’ve had
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cases where wives hired lawyers to come
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into court and say
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this is my husband this is our life he
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didn’t hit me
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he didn’t hurt our child leave us alone
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and the
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in the system can’t handle it what’s
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happened with
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with the internet and lawyers what
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happened with covid with lawyers
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is that we’ve broken down that personal
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relationship
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so meeting lawyers on the internet or
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covert where people couldn’t come into
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the office
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you know my overall advice to uh
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to clients is first
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meet your lawyer and make sure you trust
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them when it starts
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second be absolutely truthful with your
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lawyer
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no matter what no matter how bad it is
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because it makes no difference to the
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lawyer
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you know i represent domestic violence
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patients i have clients i’ve represented
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people on death row
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you have to tell your lawyer the truth
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third
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you have to be involved in your case
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personally
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personally you have to work with your
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case
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after being patient after talking to
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your lawyer sometimes it doesn’t work
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and this is a hard one but it’s true on
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both sides the minute that a client
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loses trust for his lawyer
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or her lawyer they should leave once
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you’ve lost trust uh
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and i hope this doesn’t happen but it
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happens to everybody for all kinds of
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reasons
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but once you lose trust for your lawyer
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move on tell your lawyer about it
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and move on because if things go bad and
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you’re in that relationship where you’re
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butting head with your lawyer
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you’ll always blame yourself and the
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lawyer for whatever happens to you

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