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What to do when falsely accused of domestic violence

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford |

Domestic violence can occur in all types of homes and families regardless of wealth or race. The laws for domestic violence vary depending on the state you live in, but this charge is considered a serious crime in all jurisdictions, including North Carolina.

Unfortunately, there are some instances in which an individual accuses their partner of domestic violence even though the claim is false. A person may do this because of spite or to get more money in a divorce. Even if the charges are dismissed, the accusation of domestic violence can negatively affect your life.

How does a domestic violence charge impact you?

There are several ways a domestic violence accusation can impact you. Initially, the accusation can affect your professional and personal reputation, which might cost you your career and make it difficult to maintain relationships with friends and family members. If your partner reports the accusation to the police, you may face criminal charges even if your partner later recants the charge.

How to protect yourself

Every situation is unique, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself if you’re being accused of domestic violence. Don’t say anything that can later be used against you when you appear in court. Avoid saying or doing anything that will make the situation worse.

Get in touch with your relatives and close friends and let them know what’s going on. Your partner may try to turn your loved ones against you. If you know that you’ve been falsely accused, make your family aware of the situation so that you’ll have their support.

It is very important that you speak to a qualified North Carolina attorney for guidance through the process. Be as detailed as possible when describing your case so that you receive the legal protection you deserve.