5 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
An allegation of domestic violence can affect every aspect of an accused’s life. Depending on the circumstances, a domestic violence charge can influence a person’s job, their personal relationships, security status, when, or even if, they can see their children and a charge of domestic violence can even affect where an accused can eat dinner or go shopping. In this article, we present our tips for how to handle false allegations of domestic violence.
- Avoid actions that can be used against you. If your accuser decides to pursue a Court case against you, all of your actions will be considered by the judge. Keep your social media free from demeaning or degrading commentary. Remove jokes or memes that a judge might consider offensive or might portray you as someone attracted to violence. Don’t leave threatening voicemails on your accuser’s phone – these will be used against you in Court. In fact, it is best to avoid conflict with your accuser at all costs.
- Have a witness with you. If you cannot avoid your accuser, you should absolutely have a witness with you for as much interaction as possible. If you have to interact with your accuser, try to do it in a public place if you cannot have a witness present. Having a witness should help you avoid further allegations of abuse.
- Don’t lose your head. Keeping a clear head is difficult when being accused of domestic violence. When this happens, people become desperate and believe if they just talk to their accuser, everything will be fine. This is a bad course of action for many, many different reasons. It is important to keep your wits about you and not engage in actions that might be construed as adding fuel to your accuser’s fire.
File your own protective order. In many circumstances, abusers often abuse the domestic violence system and seek to file false allegations as a way of keeping control of their victims. If you are the victim of abuse, you have the right to file your own protective order.
- Get legal advice. This is the most important step if you are accused of domestic violence. Obtaining legal advice from an experienced attorney will ensure that your case is handled properly from the beginning. An experienced lawyer will understand the unique situation you are in and will put you in the best position to prove your innocence.
Many people falsely accused of domestic violence, do not realize that a lot of damage can be done to them until it is too late. It is important to obtain solid legal advice before you speak to law enforcement, or anyone else, about your case. If you have been accused of domestic violence, our office can help.