If a friend or family member was accused of domestic violence and they said the accusation was false, would you believe them? Most of us would like to think that we would, but the majority of people tend to side with the accuser.
Every year in the United States many false domestic abuse accusations are made by spouses, partners, friends and even family members – and the results can be devastating. False accusations of domestic violence can lead to:
- A protective order being issued against you
- The loss of one’s parental rights
- The loss of employment
- Costly fines
- Lengthy classes
- Time in jail or prison
Worst of all, being accused of domestic violence can have an irreparable damaging effect on your reputation and can have a negative impact on nearly every facet of your life.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
Any of the following crimes may constitute as domestic violence:
- Criminal harassment
In California, domestic violence may fall under one of the following broad categories:
- Battery and domestic violence (willful and unlawful use of violence or force upon another person)
- Willful infliction of bodily injury (willful infliction of bodily injury which results in a traumatic condition against a spouse or former spouse, a cohabitant or former co-habitant, or the co-parent of the person’s child)
What to Do When Falsely Accused
It is important that you act quickly in order to mitigate as much as possible the damage that can result from a false domestic violence accusation.
Share Your Worries with Family Members
Those who are falsely accused of domestic violence may suddenly find that the friends and family members they once trusted and relied upon start to turn against them or exclude the accused from their lives. This will only make the wrongfully accused feel more isolated and alone.
It is important that you keep those who you trust informed of the accusers troublesome and erratic behaviors. Share your fears of what they may do and retain evidence whenever possible (such as phone calls, text messages and emails). This may help prepare those you love for the pending allegations and will make them feel more inclined to believe your version of events.
Secure Your Valuables
In some instances the individual who has falsely accused another of domestic violence may take other actions to further add to the suffering which the accused is going through. They may steal your birth certificate, your driver’s license, a car title, or your money. This will force you to spend more time trying to regain your property rather than take care of what needs to be done to protect your reputation and ensure your freedom.
If you share a home with the accuser, remove your valuables and yourself from the home and never return to the property without a trusted witness. If the accuser has access to your home or vehicle, change the locks. Finally, change all of your login information even if you do not believe the accuser knows the password to your:
- Bank account
- Cell phone
- Email accounts
Seek Legal Advice
If you have been falsely accused or suspect that someone may falsely accuse you of domestic violence, the next step you need to take is to consult with a domestic violence defense attorney. Even if you are not sure whether or not you will hire that particular attorney, he or she will be able to provide you invaluable information about what your options are and what further steps you need to take to protect yourself.
The Kestenbaum Law Group in the Los Angeles area has been securing the freedoms and protecting the reputation of individuals who have been falsely accused of domestic violence for the past several decades.
Mr. Kestenbaum’s experience working as a prosecutor has allowed him to learn how to fully evaluate every angle of the Prosecution’s case, which is partly why he is now known for how well he aggressively defends his clients – even before they even go to court. Our law firm’s extensive range of resources, which include private investigators, psychiatrists, and therapists have also proven invaluable in repairing any damage done to a client’s reputation and in highlighting the factual weaknesses of a case.
When you arrange for a consultation with the Kestenbaum Law Group, you will meet an actual attorney, not a paralegal or an office manager. Our team of expert defense attorneys have helped numerous falsely accused clients to get their life back under control.
If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence or have been accused of any crime, we want to hear from you. We invite you to contact us today, in confidence, at (818) 616-4312.