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Not all domestic violence charges are legitimate: Fight back

When you left your partner, you knew that they weren't happy about it. What you didn't know is that they would seek revenge on you by filing a report with the police claiming that you abused them.

You don't think the accusation will stand, and you know you didn't do anything to hurt them. Still, there is a restraining order against you, and you have been arrested. What should you do?

In this kind of case, a strong criminal defense strategy is important. Don't take it for granted that you're going to be found innocent. Sometimes, people do crazy things when they're in love and shunned. Some have gone to great lengths to implicate their partners, even purposefully injuring themselves to show "proof" of the alleged abuse.

Your best defense to a false accusation of domestic violence is to listen very carefully to the instructions you are given as part of the temporary restraining order. You can let your attorney worry about proving reasonable doubt to the court -- but you need to worry about not giving the other party any real ammunition against you. Do not contact the other party in any way -- even through a third party.

It is not fair to be falsely accused of a crime you didn't commit, and you have every right to fight back to protect yourself. Your attorney will discuss several things with you to help you defend yourself. One thing to talk about is what evidence you have to counteract the other person's claims. Another is to determine how strong their case is in court.

Depending on how much actual evidence they have, there may be little you actually need to do to defend yourself other than to obey the temporary restraining order and be ready to tell your side in court.

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