Domestic violence is often discussed from the victim’s point of view. Many people accused or arrested for the crime are demonized. However, the truth is that many people charged with domestic violence are falsely accused. Or, the issue is exaggerated in an attempt to “get revenge” on the defendant. Another possibility is that the defendant acted in self-defense. If you are arrested for domestic violence, it’s important to secure the help of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to help protect your rights. Here’s what you need to know.
Exploring Motivations for Domestic Violence Accusations
Often, a person accuses someone else of domestic violence because they wish to gain the upper hand against the defendant. For example, a person may allege to be a victim of domestic violence instigated by their soon-to-be-ex-spouse in order to put the odds in their favor that child custody is awarded to them in a divorce. Exposing false allegations can quickly lead to the charges against the defendant being dropped.
Exploring the Possibility of Self Defense
In some cases of domestic violence, the accuser actually struck first. In these cases, the defendant defended him or herself and tried to stop the violence. However, accusers will often twist this around and allege domestic violence without ever suggesting their role. It’s important to address whether or not the accuser struck first and the defendant acted only to protect him or herself.
Exploring the Evidence Against the Defendant
Because domestic violence happens largely behind closed doors, there’s typically not a lot of evidence to prove it. Often, it is a case of one person’s word against the other person’s. If you can show that there isn’t enough evidence for a conviction beyond a shadow of a doubt, you may be able to have the charges against you dismissed.
Contact an Okaloosa Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
T. Martin Knopes, P.A. is a seasoned domestic violence defense attorney who can help you fight the charges against you and protect your rights under the law. Attorney Knopes will aggressively defend you and will look at every possible avenue for defense that could prove successful. Call today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail at (850) 683-0700.