One of the most frightening things that can happen to a person is to be falsely accused of a crime, especially one as serious as domestic violence. In Texas and in many other states, crimes of assault, battery, or other violent crimes committed …
One of the most frightening things that can happen to a person is to be falsely accused of a crime, especially one as serious as domestic violence. In Texas and in many other states, crimes of assault, battery, or other violent crimes committed against a person with whom a person shares a familial or intimate relationship can be met with much harsher penalties.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for domestic violence allegations to be fabricated as a means of getting back at a spouse or dating partner or to gain the upper hand during a divorce or custody battle. False allegations of domestic violence can affect every aspect of a person’s life and inflict irreparable damage to their reputation, causing their job security and personal relationships to collapse in an instant. For this reason, if you have been falsely accused of any form of domestic violence, it is urgent you contact a powerful attorney as soon as possible to guard your future and freedom from harsh consequences.
Defenses to False Domestic Violence Claims
Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may be able to employ numerous different strategies in your defense and contest the evidence against you. Generally speaking, people charged with domestic violence may defend themselves in two ways: showing the prosecution has not proved its case, or offering an affirmative defense which attempts to justify their actions in some way. A skilled legal professional can review your situation and determine the most appropriate course of action.
Possible ways to contest false domestic violence claims include:
- Self-defense: You may not be found guilty of domestic violence if you used a necessary amount of force to protect yourself from an immediate threat of harm. Your attorney may attempt to prove that you were not the aggressor and that you only used enough force to defend yourself.
- Exposing inconsistencies: In many cases, false accusers change their story and make conflicting statements to police, witnesses, and others.
- No traumatic condition: False accusations of domestic violence are often exposed by a lack of provable harm to the alleged victim. If there were no injuries reported or treated, you cannot be convicted of domestic violence.
Let Kyle Law Firm Guard Your Future
At Kyle Law Firm, our New Braunfels criminal defense lawyers have been fighting to defend the rights of individuals accused of domestic violence and other violent crimes for more than 60 years combined. Backed by a Board Certification in Criminal Law (Attorney Steve Harkins) and prestigious recognitions by Avvo and Texas Super Lawyers® for our aggressive advocacy, we have what it takes to expose the truth and maximize your chances of getting through this frightening time with your dignity and freedom intact.