False accusations of domestic violence can significantly affect every aspect of a person’s life. Even proof of innocence can fail to fix an individual’s life and reputation once he or she has been accused of such crimes.
At Rokusek Stein Law, LLC, we have assisted clients facing false allegations of domestic violence for decades. Our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys understand what it takes to help those who were charged with domestic violence crimes despite being not guilty of them. Often, they are victims themselves.
If you were wrongfully accused of domestic violence, or if you believe that false charges will be filed against you, the following are some actions you can take to protect your rights and best interests:
- Request a consultation with a domestic violence defense lawyer. Schedule a case evaluation with an experienced lawyer. He or she will be able to thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
- Inform family members of the situation. Upon hearing the news of domestic violence allegations, it is common for family members of the alleged to turn against their loved ones accused of the crime. However, if you can tell them about your accuser’s erratic and troublesome behaviors – as well as your fears of what they can do – you have a chance to prepare your family for the worst and have them be more inclined to believe your side of the story.
- Protect your valuables and personal belongings. We understand that those who have false domestic violence accusations brought against them rarely expect their accuser to do something like that, such as pressing charges against you. But ultimately, they do it anyway. If your accuser steals your car or money and then files charges against you, you may dedicate most of your time to trying to get your belongings back, as opposed to doing what it takes to get positive results in your case.
- Change your login information on all online accounts. Bank accounts, social media accounts, computers, and cellphones which require passwords need to be changed immediately. Avoid having your accuser “pretend” to be you by logging on to your devices and sending threatening messages that can damage your case.
- If you are being abused, collect evidence. There are some cases where the person being accused of committing domestic violence is actually the victim. If this is the case, gather as much evidence as possible without putting yourself in imminent danger. Do not be afraid to contact the authorities or your local abuse services for immediate assistance.