What To Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

What To Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

Facing charges for any crime is an overwhelming experience. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you're likely worried not only about legal penalties, but also about your reputation with friends, family, and even your employer.

There are many reasons a person may make false allegations of domestic violence, including revenge or to influence child custody cases. Regardless of the reason, once the accusation is made, the alleged victim cannot simply "drop the charges." In Arizona, domestic violence charges are prosecuted by the state and cannot only be dismissed by the state, not the accuser.

If you've been accused, it's important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the factors that could affect your case and who will work hard to defend you.

Here are some steps to take if you are facing a false accusation of domestic violence:

1. Contact an Attorney

Your first step if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence or any other crime should be to contact an experienced attorney. Your lawyer can guide you through the next steps, so it's essential to have them available as a resource as soon as possible.

2. Stay off Social Media

During any criminal case, stay off of social media. Although you may feel the urge to share your side of the story, any posts you make can be used against you, even if you have your account set to private. Even posts that are not directly related to your case can be taken out of context, so it's best to avoid posting altogether. However, do not delete any posts you've already made, as this could be considered destruction of evidence. If you feel that any existing posts could be incriminating, consult with your lawyer.

3 . Seek Support From Friends and Family

Instead of going on social media, talk to your friends and family directly and seek their support. One of the biggest impacts a domestic violence case can have is the effect on your reputation, so it's helpful to be able to know you have people on your side. It's also a good idea to determine who you may be able to ask to serve as character witnesses.

4. Do Not Lash Out Against Your Accuser

Being falsely accused of a crime, especially one as serious as domestic violence, is likely to result in feelings of frustration and anger. However, lashing out against your accuser is likely to make the situation worse. Avoid confrontation with this individual. In fact, you should avoid any interaction with them as much as possible. If you need to interact with them to arrange child custody or anything else, speak with your attorney to determine the best way to proceed.

5. Document Any Interactions With Your Accuser

As mentioned above, although you should minimize contact with the person who accused you, some interactions may be necessary, or this person may reach out to you. Retain all text messages and other forms of written communication and give this information to your attorney.

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DUI Defense Team can help you if you are facing charges for domestic violence or any other crime. Our attorneys are highly experienced and will fight for you.

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