While there is no doubt that domestic violence is a serious crime, there are many situations where an individual can be wrongly accused of domestic violence. Many times, individuals’ significant others will file false claims of emotional and physical abuse in order to:
- Rid their significant other from their lives
- “Get even”
- Gain a financial advantage in the divorce
- Win ongoing custody battles
With the many sexual abuse movements taking place across the nation, it is almost expected at this point that the individual filing the abuse claims is actually telling the truth. Additionally, many police officers and district attorneys take the alleged abused partner’s word as truth with little effort put into seeing the defendant’s side of the story.
The Consequences of a False Accusation
Once accused of domestic violence, it can be extremely challenging to convince individuals that you are, in fact, innocent. Unlike other crimes, simply being accused of domestic violence can change your life forever.
Some of the most common consequences related to being falsely accused include:
- Losing your job
- A stain on your criminal record
- Loss of child visitation/custody rights
- Jail time
- A tarnished reputation amongst friends and family
Defending Your Name
While a false accusation can be challenging to fight, there are things that you can do to help protect your name and fight for your rights.
- Speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your rights. The sooner you begin working with an attorney, the better when it comes to fighting a false accusation. The longer you wait, the more time the accuser has to build a case against you.
- DO NOT breach any restraining order that’s been issued against you. Breaching your restraining order will just add more fuel to the fire, effectively strengthening the accuser’s case.
- Stick to your story. Speak with your attorney to build a plan for defending your name and stick to it! If you are innocent, stand by your claims from beginning to end, and always follow the advice given by your attorney.
- Remember, you are innocent. During the process of fighting a false accusation, it is essential to remember that you are innocent, and proving your innocence is the main goal.
Speak With Our Team Today
Don’t let a false accusation change your life forever. We understand the feelings you’re likely going through, the worries you have, and we want to be there to help make things right.
Working with an experienced team of Columbus criminal defense attorneys will help ensure your name and future are protected.
Call The Meranda Law Firmtoday (614) 707-4239 to learn more about how our team can help over a free consultation.