False Accusations Of Domestic Violence

Have you been falsely accused of domestic violence?  Perhaps you were made aware of the allegations by being served with a restraining order? Maybe the timing of the accusations is suspiciously close to upcoming divorce, child custody or support proceedings?

Unfortunately, making false allegations of domestic abuse has become a new strategic weapon that spouses or domestic partners often use to muddy the waters in family law cases. Sadly, the accused is typically presumed guilty and has the burden of proving his or her innocence and attacking the accuser's credibility.

You Need A Strong Attorney To Combat False Accusations Of Violence

The attorneys at Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano can fight these false accusations for you. We understand that when these accusations are falsely made, they are usually done with an eye toward getting an advantage in custody or spousal support cases.

Our lawyers have the experience and legal knowledge to assist you in combating the negative impact of these allegations. When fighting a restraining order, our Ventura-based law firm has the skills necessary to tip the scales back in your favor.

Do Not Ignore The Allegations Against You

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, do not ignore the allegations against you. They will not simply go away. These types of allegations are taken very seriously by the authorities and the negative consequences can quickly escalate. Here are some factors you should consider:

  • If you are charged with domestic violence by the Distict Attorney, you will need to get a criminal lawyer. Criminal lawyers are trained in this area. You will not want to surrender your rights at any point along the way. Take this seriously and contact a criminal defense lawyer.
  • If charged, you may qualify for a public defender. Fill out any necessary paperwork to get a court appointed attorney and stay proactive in your case.
  • If you have children with or are married to your accuser, do NOT take a plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest). While a nolo plea has no criminal implications, it's essentially deemed an admission of fault in a Family Law Court.
  • If you have a restraining order issued against you, DO NOT CONTACT the protected persons in any way, not through a relative, not a note on the car, no stopping by the children's school, nothing! Each contact is a criminally chargeable violation of the restraining order. Jail time is often ordered for violations of restraining orders.
  • Do not accept invitations to visit or see the protected parties (ex. wife and children); it could be a trap. The invitation does not override the court ordered restraining order. If you show up, the authorities may be waiting for you.

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, our attorneys will fight to protect your interests. We encourage you to contact us or call 805-919-8346 to discuss how we can mount a vigorous domestic violence defense and protect your custody, support and property rights from your accuser.

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