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How To Defend Against False Accusations of Domestic Violence

01 August 2021 | Domestic Violence,  

Attorney Sean Hessler

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Sean Hessler

01 August 2021

Domestic Violence,  

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Have there been false accusations of domestic violence made against you? Are you facing criminal charges because of these allegations? If so, your future and freedoms could be in jeopardy.

Defending yourself is crucial when you have been accused of such a severe crime. The consequences are going to be harsh if you do not act and clear your name.

How Do False Domestic Violence Accusations Happen?

Most people understand how serious domestic violence allegations are. But how do false domestic violence accusations happen? Unfortunately, these types of accusations happen far more often than you might think.

Divorce & Child Custody Disputes

One of the most common times domestic violence accusations arise is when there are divorce or child custody disputes.

One person may attempt to do one of the following:

  • Destroy the reputation of the other
  • Turn their children against them
  • Obtain custody of the children
  • Get revenge when a relationship has soured

Law Enforcement Mistakes

False accusations can also occur when police make unwarranted assumptions or other mistakes. Suppose you were involved in an argument, but the argument never led to actual violence.

Police may wrongfully assume violence occurred or take the word of the other party who is lying.

Consequences of False Domestic Violence Claims

When false domestic violence claims come up, you need to act immediately. The consequences of these charges could significantly alter your life.

Restraining Orders

The court may issue a restraining order against you before you have even had formal charges brought against you. This could severely impact your reputation and your case at trial.

Prison Time & Fines

The criminal charges you could be facing could haunt you for the rest of your life. Your penalties will depend on your criminal record, the charges against you, and other pertinent details of your case. You could be looking at considerable prison times and fines, among other consequences.

Defending Yourself Against False Domestic Violence in Indianapolis

The prosecutor will work to prove you are guilty of the domestic violence allegations against you beyond a reasonable doubt. On the other hand, your attorney will gather the necessary evidence to prove your innocence through an effective defense strategy.

Possible defenses include:

  • Police misconduct
  • Mistake of fact
  • Lack of evidence
  • Your accuser is lying
  • You were acting in self-defense
  • There was no act of violence
  • You were not the aggressor
  • The incident was an accident
  • You are innocent

These are only a few of the defenses that may be appropriate for your case. Choosing the right defense strategy is essential when the penalties are this high.

Contact an Indianapolis Domestic Violence Lawyer Today

If there have been allegations of domestic violence made against you, you must take steps to defend yourself. You must clear your name so you can protect your reputation and future.

Get an experienced Indianapolis domestic violence attorney at Hessler Law to prepare the strongest case possible. Schedule your no-cost, risk-free case evaluation when you complete our secured contact form. Or call our office at (317) 886-8800 to get started on your defense strategy today.