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Domestic Abuse – What You Need To Know About False Allegations.

Domestic abuse is a very real, and very frightening form of violence. It is sometimes called domestic assault or spousal abuse, and occurs between relationship partners. But we cannot justifiably discuss this topic without also addressing the issue of false allegations.


The only difference between a simple assault charge or an assault and battery charge, and a charge of domestic violence, is the relationship between the alleged perpetrator and the victim. If a person punches another person in a bar fight, the resulting charge would most likely be simple assault. If that same person goes home and hits their spouse, the charge is now domestic assault.


It is commonly thought that women are more frequently the victims of domestic assault, more likely to be the subjects of severe abuse, and more likely to be physically injured by an abusive partner than men. While all of the available statistics support this, and we are certainly not denying the awful realities of domestic assault, what is so often overlooked is the issue of false allegations.


Domestic violence charges carry enormous social stigmas. Many people are “convicted in the court of public opinion” when they have not been proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately, it is not as uncommon as you would think for an angry or bitter spouse to accuse someone of domestic abuse in order to gain the upper hand in a custody battle, or in an attempt to influence the outcome of asset divisions during divorce.


The terrifying facts in these cases are that once the charge has been made, the accuser cannot “retract” the accusation, nor can they “drop” the charges.


So, in effect, the simple act of falsely accusing someone is enough to negatively impact their life forever. The damage is done. Especially in situations where the accuser is a woman and the accused is a man, it is almost inevitable that the man will be viewed as a criminal from the moment he is accused. Even if the allegations are nothing more than attempts to manipulate the system for personal gain.


Having a domestic assault charge on your record, even if it’s completely unfounded, can negatively impact your future in a great many ways. Your chances of getting a job, your future relationships, your divorce settlement, and even your custody options can all be affected by  allegations of domestic abuse.


Thankfully, the choices made by your accuser aren’t the only ones that can impact your future. Your choice regarding legal representation will make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Having an experienced and understanding attorney who will partner with you through every step of the process, can make all the difference to your future. So don’t wait –  contact us today, we are here to help.


Stephanie just finished settling my divorce case. She did an excellent job handling every aspect of the case. When I came to her looking for an attorney, not knowing what was to come, angry and upset, she did excellent job reassuring me that everything was going to be okay. She explained the divorce process, what I could expect over the next few months and outlined the possible outcomes. She was well aware of my financial situation and very limited expendable income and did a great job doing whatever she could to keep my costs down. At times she would even remind me that she is happy to pursue any direction I wanted to go, but the cost involved may not outweigh the outcome. She did an excellent job letting me know where I could do things myself rather than paying the firm to do it as well as provided assistance to make sure I did it in the proper manner. And what was most impressive is a meeting with the ex and her lawyer. Stephanie actually had her phone out pulling up case law and verifying it to make sure the ex and her lawyer didn’t get something over on me. VERY IMPRESSIVE!. If you want an excellent attorney who isn’t going to tell you what you want to hear just to increase the cost for the firm’s benefit, call Stephanie Service.

Brian on Avvo, 2014

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