Domestic violence accusations carry serious consequences, including arrest and indictment, restraining order, jail time, and a permanent criminal record. Even when a person has been falsely accused of domestic violence, the accusation could have a negative impact on his or her reputation, career, and personal relationships.
Several challenges come with defending yourself against false domestic violence accusations. For this reason, it’s crucial that you work with an experienced California criminal defense attorney at Bruzzo Law who can provide you with a vigorous legal defense.
Being Falsely Accused Can Hurt Your Career and Personal Life
Facing a domestic violence accusation can be emotionally overwhelming. Even if you know that you didn’t do anything wrong, law enforcement may begin investigating your case, and you could be facing criminal charges. You could also be facing hostility from friends and family who may not believe you.
You may want to reach out to your partner to try to ask them to stop pursuing charges against you because you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s understandable to try to discuss the problem, but having a conversation with an enraged partner could have devastating consequences. Instead, you should contact an experienced attorney to help you move forward while protecting your rights.
What a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Mean
The stakes are high when it comes to defending against domestic violence accusations. Suppose you are convicted based on your partner’s or ex-partner’s false statements. In that case, you will have a permanent criminal record, making it difficult to obtain employment and secure some types of housing. You will also suffer damage to your reputation, which could result in difficulties with your employment and your personal life. If you have children, a domestic violence conviction could result in losing custody or visitation with your children.
Domestic Violence Accusations Can Become a “He Said/She Said” Situation
Defending against domestic violence allegations can be difficult because the situation can quickly become a “he said/she said” situation. In other words, your partner or ex-partner may say that you engaged in domestic violence, and it’s their word against your word. An attorney may be able to help you gather evidence proving that you did not engage in domestic violence. For example, if your partner claims that you engaged in domestic violence on a specific day or in a certain way, you should check your records to see if there is any proof that you could not have been at the location the alleged incident occurred. Many false accusations of domestic violence are spontaneous and made in anger. As a result, they are often poorly planned, and your partner may have claimed that you hurt them when you were at work or in another location away from you.
Contact a Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been accused of domestic violence in the Newport Beach area, it’s crucial that you have an experienced attorney on your side. Contact William W. Bruzzo to schedule a free initial consultation with a Newport Beach criminal defense attorney and learn more about your legal options.