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I’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence. What should I do?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2023 | Firm News

Domestic violence is a devastating thing to be accused of, more so when you are innocent. Even if you are not formally indicted, claims that you are violent towards your spouse can strain your relationships and social standing. And if you go to trial, a conviction can have far-reaching legal consequences.

Unfortunately, false domestic violence claims are not uncommon. An estranged spouse or partner can falsely accuse you of domestic battery for a variety of reasons. If you find yourself in a situation where you are falsely accused of domestic violence, you need to figure out what to do and the missteps to avoid. 

Understanding why you can be falsely accused of domestic violence

To effectively defend yourself against false domestic battery claims, you need to start off by understanding why you are being accused of this crime in the first place. Here are some of the reasons your spouse can falsely accuse you of domestic violence:

  • To gain an upper hand during divorce proceedings
  • To win custody of the children while denying you visitation
  • To gain revenge against you

Protecting yourself following false domestic violence claims

Domestic violence is a huge problem that can cause considerable harm. Here are important steps you need to take to protect yourself whilst your case is active:

  • Avoid all contact with your accuser – while you might think you can work things out, contacting your accuser on the subject will only embolden them to assert their accusation against you. Contacting your accuser could also amount to a violation of the protective order if the court has issued one against you. 
  • Gather your evidence – as soon as you learn about the domestic violence charge, you need to start to prepare. If you have any witnesses to the incident in question, be sure to contact them. Additionally, collect any data that may prove that you were somewhere else when the alleged domestic violence incident happened. 

Protecting your rights

A false domestic violence claim can ruin your reputation. Learning more about Texas domestic violence laws can help you defend yourself against false domestic violence claims.