Relationships sour, marriages end, couples split, and often bad behavior follows. Domestic violence is a serious charge. Sometimes, one or both partners can become embroiled in arguments around separating and/or child custody. When desperation grips some people as they attempt to get their own way in the breakup, sometimes false accusations of domestic violence can emerge. If you are being falsely accused of domestic violence, the allegations can destroy your life, even if you are not convicted. Panicking will only escalate the situation. Your first step should be to seek legal advice at Karimi Law.
Domestic Violence: What It Is
Domestic violence charges are criminal charges. The effect on a person's life after being charged with domestic violence can be severe.
Potential Results of a Domestic Violence Charge
- The person may face criminal penalties.
- Child visitation rights could be severed.
- A partner charged with domestic violence could be forced to move out of the family home.
- A restraining order preventing any contact or even the ability to be near the other parent or home could be imposed.
When an angry spouse or partner files false claims of domestic violence, everyone is affected. The alleged partner's life is shaken and often the children are the real ones harmed. What's more is these false charges crowd the courts where the true domestic violence claims are being hashed out. Partners who make these false contentions believe their charges will allow them to call the shots during the couple's property division phase. Another reason is the accuser believes the accusations will legally force the other partner out of the home.
Later on, the accuser may begin to feel guilty about the allegations. Even when this happens and they recant their allegations, it is often too late. At that point, the decision becomes the prosecutor's rather than the spouse's. The innocent partner could face imprisonment and other penalties. Additionally, issues finding employment and housing could follow the innocent partner for many years.
Facing Domestic Violence False Accusations: What You Should Do
Simply knowing you are innocent is not enough if you are charged falsely with domestic violence. You must prepare a vigorous criminal defense by acting immediately and contacting a criminal defense attorney. Your best chances are to be proactive by gaining legal help now to prevent damage to your reputation.
Our attorneys are experienced and may help you prove that the domestic violence accusations are invented and false. If you are dealing with a divorce or separation and can prove the allegations are false, you could benefit during custody and visitation in the wake of a lying partner. Waiting and wondering if actual charges will be filed can result in you losing some of your rights. Contact our office today to learn more about how our attorneys can help you.