How to Handle False Allegations of Domestic Violence
False allegations of domestic abuse are damaging to one's reputation. Once you are a defendant in a domestic violence case, your life will change for the worse in different ways.
A false accusation may be a threat to your job security. It can ruin important relationships and is a common violation of rights.
Domestic violence and sexual harassment are serious crimes which attract harsh penalties. It's overwhelming to be a suspect of domestic violence when you aren’t guilty. Many defendants are victims themselves.
Most domestic violence cases lack evidence. Even then, proving your innocence may fail to restore your life and reputation.
The following actions are available if you find yourself at the center of false allegations of abuse.
Contact a Lawyer Immediately
Although your situation may be difficult, claims of false accusations are frequent. A seasoned domestic violence attorney will have experience in this, and can explain your case in simple terms and also offer advice. You can schedule a free consultation with an attorney within your area.
An attorney will help you understand your options better by providing valuable information and provide you with a defense strategy.
An attorney who specializes in criminal defense deals with sensitive cases which threaten their clients' future. They understand the law and how the criminal justice system works. Thus, their insights will give you the best chance of winning your case.
Do Not Speak to Your Accuser
You may feel like talking to your accuser. Resist the temptation. Everything you say or do can be used as further evidence against you. In many cases an order of protection will have been issued and violating it by communicating with your accuser would severely hurt your case.
The accuser may try to trick you into saying or doing things that will reduce your chances of winning the case. They may even lie and say that you wanted to hurt them again. If you must talk to your accuser, make sure there are witnesses around.
Collect Evidence to Prove the False Allegations of Abuse
The majority of domestic abuse cases don’t have tangible evidence. A judge will oftentimes decide on the case on testimony alone. The outcome of the accusations of abuse may come down to your story versus your accuser’s.
False allegations mean that any evidence provided is (a) fictional or (b) manufactured. If possible, gather evidence to (a) disqualify false harmful evidence and (b) prove your innocence.
The helpful evidence for domestic violence defense include;
1. Texts, emails, or letters where your accuser has threatened to make false accusations against you
2. Reports from mental health professionals that speak to the state of mind of your accuser
3. Family law court documents that would contradict your accusers story
4. Any video surveillance footage that would prove your innocence
5. Anything that would substantiate an alibi proving you were somewhere else at the time of the alleged abuse
Sometimes, false allegations of abuse is a tactic a divorced partner uses to gain child custody or securing more property after divorce. It's vital that your attorney emphasizes the motive for false allegations to the judge.
Recruit Witnesses to Support Your Side of the Story
Talk to your friends, family members, or colleagues about testifying on your behalf. A judge will believe you if other people can support what you are saying.
Find a witness who personally understands the relationship between you and your accuser. This will help the court understand the motive of the false allegations of abuse against you.
If You’ve Been Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence Get Started on Your Defense Today!
Do you need legal advice or representation against false allegations of abuse? Contact The Hill Firm at (702) 848- 5000 for a free consultation today!