False Accusations Of Domestic Violence

Have you been falsely accused of domestic violence? Maybe you were made aware of the allegations by being served with a restraining order? Maybe the timing of the accusations is suspiciously close to upcoming divorce, child custody or support proceedings?

Unfortunately, making false allegations of domestic abuse has become a new strategic weapon that spouses or domestic partners often use to muddy the waters in family law cases. Sadly, the accused is typically presumed guilty and has the burden of proving his or her innocence and attacking the accuser's credibility.

You Need A Strong Attorney To Combat False Accusations Of Violence

The attorneys at Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano can fight these false accusations for you. We understand that when these accusations are made, they are usually made with an eye toward getting an advantage in custody or spousal support cases.

Our lawyers have the experience and legal knowledge to assist you in combating the negative impact of these allegations. From fighting a restraining order, to disputing the contents of a police report, to defending criminal charges brought against you, our Ventura-based law firm has the skills necessary to tip the scales back in your favor.

Do Not Ignore The Allegations Against You

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, do not ignore the allegations against you. They will not simply go away. These types of allegations are taken very seriously by the authorities and the negative consequences can quickly escalate. Here are some factors you should consider:

  • Do not talk to the police or authorities without an attorney present. You will not be able to explain everything to them and convince them of your innocence.
  • Do not enroll in anger management classes or a domestic violence program. These acts, even if done for the right reasons, could be seen as an admission of guilt.
  • Do not plead guilty to any criminal charges before speaking to an attorney. You should not admit to something you did not do, even if the accuser promises to make a concession in the family law case (such as let you see the children).
  • Do gather as much evidence as you can to support your innocence and demonstrate your accuser's lack of credibility. Write a journal, take photos, and get witnesses.

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, our attorneys will fight to protect your interests. We encourage you to contact us or call 805-232-5808 to discuss how we can mount a vigorous domestic violence defense.

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