How to Defend Against False Accusations of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence often feels like a game of “he said, she said” and when tempers are flared and tension is high, accusations of domestic violence may create major issues. As frustrating as false accusations of domestic violence are, they are unfortunately not uncommon. It is estimated that every year in the U.S., 1.5 million restraining orders are issued based on false or phony domestic violence accusations.

A domestic violence defense attorney in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm shares in this short article what to do if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, and how to safeguard your reputation while mounting a defense.

Call a Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in Tampa Immediately

Hiring a domestic violence defense lawyer is not an admission of guilt. It is simply the best and most important step to take to defend yourself against false accusations. There will likely be a lot of hearsay, and it is important to remember that your attorney will gather evidence from the alleged event and obtain experts to testify on your behalf.

Gather Character Witnesses (and Witnesses of the Event)

Following an accusation of any kind, your character is likely being questioned. Your attorney will want to speak with anyone who knows your nature and who would speak to who you are as a person. Your attorney will also want to gather information for any witnesses of the event. This might include children or other family members. They should be prepared and understand that they might be contacted as a witness throughout the court case.

Do NOT Contact Your Accuser

This can often be the hardest part for many who stand accused. After all, it is likely that you love the other person and still care deeply for them. But, if they have falsely accused you of domestic violence, they might use anything you say against you later on. It is best to refrain from contacting your accuser as much as possible to prevent further fights and words that can be misconstrued or used to hurt your case.

Do Not Answer Questions Without An Attorney Present

It is likely that the police will want to question you regarding the events of the night of the alleged violence. Remember, Florida law stipulates, “It is the intent of the Legislature that domestic violence be treated as a criminal act rather than a private matter.” Essentially, the prosecution can pursue a more severe charge, such as an aggravated assault charge, as it will result in a felony and more severe penalty. For this reason, it’s vital that you refrain from speaking to police until you have an attorney present. You have the right to legal defense.

Contact a domestic violence defense attorney in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm as soon as possible. The skilled legal team at The Rickman Law Firm will help you understand the best defense for your specific case and will be able to pursue all necessary evidence and witnesses to obtain a favorable outcome.

For a free consultation with a domestic violence defense attorney in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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