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What to Do if You Have Been Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

October 27, 2020

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

Domestic violence is taken very seriously in Pennsylvania, and for good reason. No one should ever be the victim of this type of abuse but sometimes, people make false accusations. A person may falsely accuse someone of domestic violence so a judge will rule in their favor during a child custody dispute. Or, an ex-partner may simply make false accusations out of spite once a romantic relationship ends. Whatever the reason is, if someone has falsely accused you of this offense, below are the steps you should take immediately.

Tell Close Friends and Family Members

If your partner has started acting erratically, aggressively, or has threatened to call the police, tell your friends and relatives. Make it clear that you do not want them to interfere, as that could make the situation worse. However, telling them in advance will ensure you keep their trust if your partner’s threats or behaviors turn into something more serious.

Change Passwords

People will sometimes go to extremes when they want to frame you for an offense you did not commit. They may even log onto your computer or use your phone to text them a threatening message or email. To protect yourself, it is crucial that you change the passwords to anything your accuser may have access to and, as always, keep your new passwords confidential.

Do Not Violate Any Restraining Orders

After a person falsely accuses someone of domestic violence, it is not uncommon for them to seek a restraining order. Restraining orders are legally binding and there are serious consequences for violating them. Even though you may want to speak to your accuser to clear up the accusations, it is vital that you do not. Comply with any order against you so you do not make the situation worse. On the other hand, if your accuser wants to meet when the order is in place, document that fact, as it can serve as evidence that they do not view you as a threat.

Collect Evidence

Just as evidence can help prove someone committed the offense of domestic violence, it can also help prove that you did not. Some of the strongest evidence that can prove the accusation was false includes eyewitness testimony and voicemails, text messages, and emails that show your partner threatened to make false accusations.

Remain Calm

It is natural to become extremely upset when someone falsely accuses you of any crime. However, it is crucial that you remain calm, particularly during court proceedings. Your accuser and the prosecution will likely try to bait you into an outburst to show that you are unstable, but do not fall for it. Always remain calm and remember that you will have your chance to tell your side of the story.

Call a Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is crucial that you work with an Allentown criminal defense lawyer after being falsely accused of domestic violence. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, our skilled attorneys have the necessary experience to defend against these charges, and give you the best chance of beating them. Call us today at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.


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