Domestic violence, unfortunately, happens quite often. In 2016 alone, more than 18,000 people in Colorado complained to the police about a domestic violence incident.
Domestic violence is a serious crime, and yet, many people each year are wrongly arrested on false charges. In a significant number of cases, charges are brought during a nasty divorce or child custody fight. Others come about because of the sheer vindictiveness of the accusers. Whatever the reason for a domestic violence charge, it can ruin a person’s career and livelihood.
If you have been falsely of domestic violence, it is important to keep a few things in mind.
Take the charge seriously
You may think that since the charge is obviously false, everything will turn out OK. However, that is not always the case. A person who is wrongly accused needs to seek legal advice right away. It is also important to not do anything detrimental during this time. Do not send any texts to the other person that a court would misconstrue or write down your thoughts about the other person in a journal. Don’t let the other person bait you into doing something foolish.
Have a witness at any meetings with the other person
As someone who has been falsely accused may want to meet with the accuser to talk things through. You may also have to exchange custody of your children your spouse or partner who filed the complaint against you. At any meetings, it is vital to have a trustworthy third party present. The accuser could say anything about what occurred during the meeting, and someone needs to be there to keep an accurate account of what transpired.
Notify family members and friends
A domestic violence charge can ruin your life. In the event the charges are false, it is important to be proactive. If you believe you are getting set up by your spouse or partner, tell family members or friends about those concerns. That way if you are charged, those persons can support your story in court.
Make sure the other person does not have access to your money, credit cards, or other valuables. Change the passwords on your financial accounts.
Get an experienced defense lawyer on your side
Most importantly, don’t even think of representing yourself. With the stakes this high, you need a strong and effective advocate fighting for you. Your lawyer can present evidence in court that supports your side of the story, challenge the veracity of the accuser or other witnesses, and work to obtain the best possible outcome for you.