Accusations of domestic abuse are not to be made lightly, as they can damage a person's reputation, career, and relationships, and subject them to fines and imprisonment if convicted. However, the gravity of these allegations—as well as the charges, criminal penalties, and social consequences that may follow—don't always stop people from making claims they know aren't true.
Sadly, there are a number of reasons why someone might say that domestic assault and battery occurred when it didn't, including mental or emotional instability, a thirst for revenge, or the desire to gain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody proceeding. Regardless, once the lie is told, there's no going back—even if the alleged victim later recants, the state may still decide to go forward with the prosecution.
If you've been falsely accused of domestic violence, here's what you can do to protect yourself and minimize the negative impact these lies could have on your life and future:
- Consult a criminal defense attorney with experience handling domestic assault and battery cases. The faster you contact an attorney, the sooner they can get to work investigating your case and uncovering information that could clear your name.
- Exercise your right to remain silent. Anything you say can—and will—be used against you in court. However, conversations with your attorney are private and confidential.
- Protect your information and assets. The person falsely accusing you has already shown they can't be trusted to act in good faith. Don't give them the opportunity to make off with your valuables or private information. Keep assets somewhere safe and change all of your passwords, including those used to access your phones, computers, bank accounts, cloud-based programs, emails, and social media profiles.
- Gather evidence. Work with your attorney to gather evidence that can expose factual, documentary, and behavioral inconsistencies, as well as motivations for making false allegations.
Our Experienced Attorney Can Help You Fight Back Against False Domestic Violence Accusations
Being accused of—or charged with—domestic assault and battery can be frightening, especially if the claims being made against you aren't based in fact. If you're facing false allegations of domestic violence, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney. With many years of experience handling domestic abuse cases, the Berlin Law Firm can provide the robust and vigorous defense you deserve.