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What Should I Do If I'm Accused of Domestic Violence?

What Should I Do If I’m Accused of Domestic Violence?

Certain crimes result in not only punitive fees and jail time, but can also damage your reputation and make it difficult to function in society. An example of this is domestic violence. Even if you are cleared of the charges, being accused of domestic violence carries with it a negative stigma. Failing to treat a domestic violence accusation seriously and not taking action to protect yourself can have dire consequences that affect you for years to come.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, what should you do?

Hire an Attorney

The most important thing you can do the moment charges are levied against you is to hire an experienced attorney. He or she will ensure you are prepared to face the charges and that you get a fair trial. Before speaking with your accuser or with law enforcement, you must contact an attorney.

The information you provide to law enforcement can be used against you and an attorney can counsel you through making a statement to police and taking the next steps to avoid jail time and other penalties.

Avoid Spending Time Alone with Your Accuser

Domestic violence accusations grow out of sensitive situations. Sometimes even the slightest misunderstanding between romantic partners can spiral out of control.

If your significant other has accused you of domestic violence, you must protect yourself. This means avoid spending time alone with this person, even if you had done so for years prior to the accusations.

You should have a witness with you any time you will come into contact with your accuser and ideally these face-to-face meetings should take place in a public location.

Be Smart about Your Actions and Your Speech

When faced with an accusation of domestic violence that is blatantly false, you might be tempted to laugh it off. You might think “my ex is crazy,” but what you perceive as mentally unstable can result in your facing jail time.

You need to make every effort to keep your emotions under control at all times. Never joke about violence, do not loose your temper with anyone, and do not take the bait if your accuser tries to engage you in a confrontation. Your best bet at beating charges of domestic violence is to appear as stable and level-headed as possible.

Being accused of and facing charges for domestic violence can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Someone you once trusted is accusing you of trying to cause them harm and in addition to betrayal, you will likely feel frustration and sadness.

You should make an effort to take care of yourself and get through this difficult phase as best as you can. Spend time with people who are supportive, take time to exercise to relieve your stress, and find other productive ways to occupy your time.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need an experienced attorney who is ready to protect your rights and your reputation. Contact The Law Offices of Ross Green at (650) 780-0707.

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