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Domestic Violence Allegations: Quarantine Edition

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While there is no denying that domestic violence is a serious crime, there are, unfortunately, thousands of situations each year where individuals are wrongly accused of domestic violence. In a time where the quarantine is forcing many people to spend more time around those who they might already have rocky relationships with, it’s more important now, than ever before, to understand how to protect yourself from false domestic violence allegations.

Why Would Someone Make False Domestic Violence Claims?

It can be difficult to understand why someone you love or care about would make false claims of domestic violence against you. However, because our nation often sides with the alleged victims, instead of the accused, when it comes to domestic violence cases, many angry ex-spouses make false claims to “get back” at their exes.

Some of the most common reasons that people make false claims include:

  • To rid their significant other from their lives,
  • To give themselves an advantage in a child custody case
  • To give themselves an advantage in a divorce
  • To take possession of their partner’s property or finances

The Lasting Consequences of False Allegations

Unfortunately, once you’ve been accused of domestic violence, it can be very difficult for you to convince others that you’re innocent. In some situations, you may never be able to convince friends and family that you are not a domestic abuser. This makes the concept “innocent until proven guilty” a luxury that not all domestic violence cases include.

Some of the most common consequences of false domestic violence allegations include:

  • Losing your job
  • A mark on your criminal record that will have an impact on future employment
  • Child custody complications
  • Loss of rights to see your children
  • Jail time
  • A stained reputation moving forward

What Can I do Following False Accusations?

While it seems like false domestic violence allegations alone are enough to turn your world upside down, there are things you can do to protect your future.

  • Work with an experienced defense attorney
  • Stick to your defense
  • DO NOT violate any restraining orders against you

False allegations can negatively impact your life in many ways. However, if you work quickly, you can protect your name and your future.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our experienced Austin criminal defense attorneys have been helping individuals fight their domestic violence charges for countless years. A false allegation does not have to become a real problem.

Call us today (512) 359-3743 to learn more about how our team can help protect your future over a free consultation.

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