Why Georgetown, Texas Residents File False Domestic Violence Claims And How To Deal With Them
This is the next post in our series discussing how to deal with domestic violence related issues in Georgetown, Texas. Our previous discussion highlighted common steps and approaches criminal defense attorneys take in defending a domestic violence client. In this article we will be discussing why false domestic violence claims are relatively common and how a person who is falsely accused can proceed when facing such charges in Williamson County.
False domestic violence cases sometimes proceed in Williamson County due to disputes over child custody
When a person is accused of committing an act of domestic violence then they are potentially facing jail time, a prison sentence, fines, community service, anger management or counseling classes, and the loss of a right to own a firearm. It is unthinkable that a person would falsely accuse another knowing the ramifications but, unfortunately, it happens. Particularly if the alleged victim has something to gain. The most common occurrence of this is in Family Court cases which involve a particularly contentious child custody or divorce matter.
In child custody cases, if one parent is found guilty of domestic violence against the other, then a Judge is far more likely to award sole custody to the victimized parent. The parent who is a convicted criminal will likely have to spend many years proving to a Court that they deserve to spend any time alone with their children. Unfortunately, in cases when one parent is angry over a breakup or wishes to seek revenge, it happens that a parent will falsely accuse the other of domestic violence to gain leverage. Such matters, however, often can be challenged in Court as the parent making up false allegations will engage in other behavior that is inconsistent with their domestic violence claims. This is common occurrence in cases we see in Williamson County, Texas.
Georgetown defendants, facing domestic violence charges, must avoid their accuser while the process proceeds
If you are falsely accused of domestic violence then the most important thing to do is avoid confronting your accuser. Engaging in an angry confrontation will only give your accuser more evidence against you. Do not contact the person who is accusing you and save all attempts at communication that they make. These attempts may include emails, texts, and phone records. If you have a past history of domestic violence or have ever been accused of the crime then do not keep this information from your attorney. It is likely the prosecution will bring it up, and even if it is not related to the current incident and you are innocent, your attorney must be prepared. It may also be helpful to provide your attorney with a list of reliable character witnesses who can vouch that it is not within your normal character to act violently or impulsively.
If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, it is very important to follow your attorney’s advice closely. In addition to Georgetown, we service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir. Contact us today.