Domestic violence is a large problem that definitely needs considerable
attention. However, because of the sensitive nature of these cases, it’s
not uncommon for vengeful or toxic partners to make baseless or false
claims in order to get their significant other charged with a crime. Unfortunately,
fighting back against these charges can be difficult: jury bias is usually
a huge factor (especially if the accused is male and the accuser or alleged
victim is female), and often times the only evidence that can be presented
is the victim’s testimony.
However, you can do a few things to protect yourself. If your spouse or
partner begins acting strangely and you suspect that they might be about
to make false accusations against you, there are a few things you can
do to support your claim to innocence and protect yourself in the event
you are falsely accused. Here are three of them.
Lock Your Electronics
Prosecutors and those who are seeking a guilty verdict in domestic violence
cases will often look for additional evidence that supports the idea that
the defendant was prone to rash or emotional reactions and thus could
have reasonably become violent. One of the best pieces of supporting evidence
this is electronic communications, such as emails and text messages. Clever
and vengeful partners have been known to fabricate this evidence by sending
themselves threatening emails from their partner’s address or using
their partner’s phone to send them threatening texts. If you suspect
you may be falsely accused or your partner begins acting strangely, change
your passwords and lock codes as soon as possible.
Spend as Much Time in Public or With Witnesses as Possible
The last thing you want to do is spend a substantial amount of time alone
with someone you suspect may try to frame you for domestic violence. When
there aren’t any witnesses as to your time together, anything could
happen and your case is essentially down to a simple comparison of your
testimony, and in domestic violence cases, juries often believe the victim
far more than the accused. Having witnesses who can attest to your clean
conduct can dispel false accusations brought against you.
Talk to Your Family & Friends
If you suspect your spouse, partner, or significant other might be trying
to frame you, it’s important that you get your side of the story
out first. Talk to your family and friends as soon as you can and let
them know what you’re thinking. Most people are automatically inclined
to believe someone when they say they’ve been abused, but those
people are also more likely to be skeptical if the alleged abuser talks
to them first. Domestic violence accusations can ruin someone’s
reputation, so controlling the damage before it starts can actually significantly
help your case.
Are you facing criminal domestic violence charges?
Call Arnold Terrill, P.C. today at (888) 912-7220 to put a skilled Fort Wayne criminal defense lawyer
on your side!