5 Things You Should Do If Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

by David R Jones on November 28, 2013

Domestic violence is a serious crime that can do severe damage to your reputation. If your partner has, or may be planning to, falsely accuse you, the decisions you make leading up to the trial can make or break your case. Like any false claim against you, just because YOU know you are innocent doesn’t mean you will be guaranteed your freedom. Being accused of domestic violence places a stigma on you even if it is a false allegation. To protect your freedom and reputation, you need to ensure you are given a fair trial. Here are 5 things you should do if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence.

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This is the most important step you will take in the process. Getting help from an experienced attorney will help ensure you receive the fair trial you deserve, and they can also assist you through the tough steps leading up to the trial. An experienced lawyer will understand the unique situation you are in and will put you in the best position to prove your innocence. Also, be sure to avoid speaking with any law enforcement about the charges without a lawyer present, even if you are certain you can prove your innocence. Anything you say will be used against you in court, and an experienced lawyer will make sure you don’t ruin your chances at freedom before the trial even begins. Here are some key questions you should ask your potential lawyer to ensure they are qualified to handle your case.

Have a Witness In The Room When Meeting With an Ex
If the domestic charge was filed after you and your partner split, you may be forced to come into contact with them to pick up children or personal belongings. Make sure you have a witness present with you during all these activities, and if possible, do so in a public place. The last thing you need is another false allegation to arise after you met with your ex, and having a witness present is a great way to avoid this situation.


Avoid Any Actions That Can Be Used Against You In Court
There are a number of things you can do that will put you in a bad light while in court. These include engaging in arguments with your partner,

joking about violence or suicide, punching walls, and using a firearm for any reason. These actions will be used against you in court to make you look violent and short-tempered. You already have a stigma placed on you due to the charges, and the last thing you need is another incident to make you look dangerous or unstable.

Keep A Clear Head
Being falsely accused of domestic violence will make you angry and stressed. When our heads become clouded with these emotions, we often make decisions that we later regret. This is especially true during the trial process for domestic violence. Make sure all decisions you make during the trial process are done so with a clear head. Irrational decisions will only hurt your chances of your freedom and reputation. If you have any doubt about a decision you are about to make, take a step back and contact your attorney to ensure you make the right choice.

Take Care of Yourself
With all the stress, confusion, and anger you may be feeling after a false accusation, few people remember to take care of their physical and emotional health. One of the best things you can do for yourself during these trying times is to take a step back from it all and de-stress. Eating healthy, working out, and surrounding yourself with a strong support system are all great ways to reduce stress and keep a level head. This will also help you keep a clear head in the decisions you will make leading up to the trial.

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, don’t take the charge lightly. Even if you are certain you can prove your innocence, you need to take the necessary steps to ensure your freedom and reputation are protected. Make sure all decisions you make leading up to the trial are made with a level head, and speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

David R Jones
David R. Jones is a criminal defense attorney at the Denver and Golden, Colorado-based Law Offices of D.R. Jones. A former Colorado State Public Defender, Mr. Jones earned his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1996. He is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, National Association of Trial Advocacy, and is active in community efforts to improve the criminal justice system.
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