False allegations of domestic abuse are not uncommon. When a relationship becomes heated, one spouse may make a false claim with the police that she (or he) was domestically abused by the other spouse.
This is done often in cases where children are involved. If a wife desperately wants custody of the couple’s children, she may decide that she will be more likely to be awarded custody if the husband has been accused or convicted of domestic violence.
Unfortunately, in these cases it can often be hard to prove the allegations weren’t true. Many people get charged and convicted of crimes based on another party’s word, if the person is believable. In many crimes of domestic violence, there is not a lot of hard evidence to prove or disprove the allegations.
In some cases, even if the “victim” changes her story and tells the police she lied, the police still may pursue the case, because they are used to real victims changing their stories in order to remain with the abuser.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, it’s critical that you fight the charges from the outset. Don’t assume that because the story was made up, the charges will eventually be dropped or that the case will sort itself out.
Domestic violence is a serious matter. You could spend time in prison, face fines or probation, lose your job, harm your personal relationships, and more.
Instead of facing the charges alone, call the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer. Our attorneys are skilled at helping those accused of crimes to get the charges dropped, work on a defense, or negotiate a plea bargain. Call us today at 716-542-5444 to learn more about how we can help you.