California takes allegations of domestic violence seriously. If you are facing these charges, your life has the potential to be turned upside down. You may think that because you’ve been accused, you’ll almost certainly be found guilty, but nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s how you can defend yourself against charges of domestic violence and protect your rights under the law.
Often, the “victim” of domestic violence will make false allegations against someone in an attempt to exert control over a situation. For example, if a couple is going through a divorce or child custody proceedings, and one spouse wants to gain custody or property, he or she may accuse the other spouse of domestic violence. A viable defense to domestic violence charges is exposing the accuser’s motivations and the evidence at hand to prove that the allegations are indeed false.
If you engaged in violence because you were provoked and you were defending yourself, you may be able to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced. It is not against the law to defend yourself against a spouse, domestic partner, or family member if you are being assaulted or threatened by them.
Often, domestic violence cases have little to no evidence to go on, and it’s just one person’s word against the other’s. In cases like this, it may be possible to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced if there’s no evidence to suggest that either A) domestic violence actually occurred (such as no medical records or photos of the injuries), or B) that you were the perpetrator of the alleged violence.
When to Contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you have been accused of domestic violence, even if you haven’t been arrested yet, it’s critical that you consult with an experienced domestic violence lawyer in your area. You have rights under the law, and it’s important that you exercise and protect those rights even during the initial stages of the investigation.
At the Law Office of Jennifer Mouzis, we understand how challenging it can be to face charges of domestic violence. This is an emotionally tumultuous time for you, and we are able to provide the legal support you need to maneuver through California’s complex legal system. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail and to begin forming a defense plan. Call now at (916) 822-8702.