Domestic abuse is far from uncommon. In fact, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Because domestic abuse is so common and so looked down upon, accusations of abuse are taken seriously in court.
Unfortunately, there are those who make false accusations in order to hurt their partner or in an attempt toward child custody or financial gain.
Knowing how to avoid being falsely accused of domestic violence is the first step. Here’s what you need to know about avoiding accusations of domestic violence:
Do Your Best to Avoid Getting Into a Fight
Steering clear of conflict is one of the best ways to avoid false accusations in the first place. Domestic abuse allegations can be tricky, so try to de-escalate conflicts that arise.
Keep in mind that even seemingly innocent physical interactions such as blocking your partner from exiting a room can be interpreted as domestic abuse.
If you need to get up and leave the room or even the property until things cool down, opt for this over getting physical in any manner.
If false accusations of domestic abuse have been filed against you, you’ll want to expose any inconsistencies in the allegations. If you have a strong alibi, for instance, this can help. Use any evidence to refute the allegations. Do you have phone records, receipts, video, or witnesses, that can prove you were elsewhere at the time of the allegation?
You can also use documentary inconsistencies to prove the allegations false. These might include police reports, child protection records, or even medical treatment reports that reflect how you typically behave and how your accuser has a history of reckless behavior.
If you’re planning on having a discussion with your partner that you anticipate could get heated, invite a witness or two to come along. Having a witness present will protect you against false accusations because they can vouch for you and your behavior. Without witnesses, it’s your word against the accuser.
Object to Allegations
If you’ve been accused of abuse, you can challenge those allegations in court. Many courts will not allow an accuser to add new accusations on to their initial allegations.
If they attempt to do so, it’s often because the accuser feels as though their case isn’t going as well as they hoped. You can object to these allegations and make your case that what is being presented is outside of the original pleadings. Your criminal defense attorney can help you make these objections.
Get the Professional Help You Need for False Accusations
You don’t need to let false allegations take you down and hurt your professional and personal life, and you don’t need to fight alone.
Combat false accusations with the help of an experienced attorney. Whether you’re fighting assault, domestic violence, or any other criminal charges, I’m here to help.
Contact our offices to schedule a consultation. You don’t need to let false allegations take you down and hurt your professional and personal life.