My client is an older man who owns a nice home and is retired. His girlfriend and her daughter moved in and lived with him for about a year. The relationship was not going well and there were constant arguments. My client finally decided to break up with her and asked her to move out. She refused.
About three weeks later, he woke up one morning and found that his girlfriend’s daughter was having her boyfriend also stay over at night. This started a big argument. During the argument, his girlfriend claimed that he pushed her to the ground. She called the police and he was arrested for domestic battery. He was also ordered out of his own house.
I did some investigation and found several prior domestic violence cases that his girlfriend was involved with. I knew that I was dealing with someone who knew the system and could be dangerous if the case was not handled properly.
My client was pushing me to go nuclear and file an eviction lawsuit, but I asked him to be patient. I had him enroll in anger management classes and he went weekly.
In the meantime, I spoke to his girlfriend and kept her informed of the progress. She was indecisive about what to do.
I spoke to the prosecutor multiple times on this case and let him know the circumstances. When I first talked to him, he was going to file the domestic battery charge, but I asked him to wait. Ultimately, the girlfriend did not pursue charges and the case was dropped. It took 10 weeks to get it dropped, but it was well worth the wait.