No one should argue that domestic violence isn’t a serious crime. But, there are times when someone is wrongly accused of domestic violence, especially if the supposed victim is out for revenge. Sometimes, people will use false claims of emotional or physical abuse as means to:
- Force a partner out of their lives
- Win child custody or divorce battle
- Get even with a partner
- Obtain possession of marital property
Because of the prolonged fight against domestic violence, it has become common culture for victims to be believed without a shadow of a doubt. But sadly, many people take advantage of this and choose to make claims against people who aren’t actually guilty. In fact, law enforcement and district attorney’s often take the word of a supposedly abused person as the truth, without thoroughly investigating further. The consequences for being falsely accused and charged with domestic violence include:
- Losing your job
- Going to jail
- Having a criminal record
- Tarnished reputation
- Lose custody/visitation of children
If you are worried that a partner’s erratic behavior may eventually land you to jail, there are ways you can limit the chances of them doing so:
- Talk to close loved ones about what’s going on and how your partner is behaving in a way that is causing trouble for you.
- Keep all login information private, such as email, social media, etc.
- Organize evidence that shows your side of the story, such as handwritten notes, text messages, video recordings, voicemails, etc.
- Find a way to safely remove yourself from the situation and hire a lawyer to guide you moving forward.
As a domestic violence lawyer from The Law Office of Daniel J. Wright knows, not every person who claims they’ve been abused is telling the truth. Those who have been accused must protect themselves and their reputation against false claims of domestic violence.