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Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

Oct. 27, 2021

concept photo of sexual assault, traumatized young women. According to the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center (CJSC), there were 166,890 domestic violence-related calls to law enforcement statewide in 2018. Under California laws, a person may be charged with domestic violence for committing abuse or violent acts against a family member, household member, or intimate partner. If convicted, the offender could face a lengthy jail time, massive fines, a restraining order, loss of firearms, a criminal record, and other devastating, life-altering consequences.

For over 25 years, the Law Office of Alec Rose PC has been providing experienced legal guidance and strong representation to clients facing domestic violence allegations. As an experienced California criminal defense attorney, I can review and investigate every last detail of your case and strategize an effective defense for your unique situation. I will fight vigorously to protect your rights and refute the charges against you with overwhelming evidence. My firm is proud to serve clients across Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Westminster, and Santa Barbara, California.

Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge

According to California Penal Code 13700 PC, domestic violence is defined as abuse (intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury) committed against a family, household member, or intimate partner.

Under California laws, a family, household member, or intimate partner may include:

  • A current or former spouse

  • A current or former registered domestic partner

  • A current or former fiancé(e)

  • A current or former cohabitant (romantic partner living together)

  • A person with whom the defendant has a child

  • A person in a current or former dating relationship with the defendant

A skilled attorney can evaluate your unique situation and enlighten you about the potential penalties and consequences of your domestic violence charges.

Possible Consequences of Domestic Battery

In California, domestic battery is often punished severely. However, the severity and seriousness of your penalties will depend on the degree of injury inflicted, your criminal record, and other surrounding circumstances. If convicted, potential penalties and consequences include:

  • Jail time

  • Fines

  • Payment of victim restitution and domestic violence fund

  • Probation

  • Batterer's intervention program or another appropriate counseling program in lieu of jail time

  • Loss of parental rights

  • Loss of firearm carrying rights

  • Restraining orders or protective orders

  • Loss of jobs and job opportunities

  • Deportation or inadmissibility to the United States (for non-U.S. citizens)

Reasons for False Accusations

Not all domestic violence allegations are true, and wrongfully brought charges can affect your quality of life, family, job, liberty, and reputation within your community. Some of the common reasons for false accusations of domestic violence include:

  • You were involved in an altercation with your spouse or family members

  • An ex or spouse trying to use it in a custody battle

  • An attempt to force you out of the home

  • An act of revenge for seeking a divorce or having an extramarital affair

  • The person who accused you is mentally unstable

  • Maliciousness on the false accuser's part

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you need to act quickly and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to outline your defense strategy and enlighten you about the next steps to take.

Steps to Take

Knowing the right steps to take when facing domestic battery allegations is crucial. If you have been accused of domestic violence, here are the steps to take:

  • Hire an attorney as soon as possible.

  • Gather necessary evidence and witnesses.

  • Don't talk to the police without the guidance of an attorney.

  • Avoid any contact with the accuser.

  • Avoid posting on social media.

A skilled domestic violence defense attorney can review the surrounding circumstances of your case and determine the appropriate steps you should take.

Possible Defenses

When facing domestic violence accusations, your attorney can use any of the following defenses to help fight your charges:

  • Self-defense

  • Defense of others

  • Falsely accused

  • Stand your ground law

  • Disputing the facts of the case

  • Defense of property

  • Mutual confrontation

  • Lack of corroboration by others

  • The violence occurred due to your spouse's actions or behavior

  • Error during the investigation

  • Inconsistencies in the evidence

A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can craft a strong defense strategy that fits your unique situation.

Don't Risk Your Future. Contact Me Today.

Being accused of domestic battery or facing domestic violence allegations could mean devastating, long-term ramifications to your liberty, quality of life, reputation, and professional opportunities. Moreover, trying to defend such charges without experienced representation could easily expose you to the risks of suffering the maximum penalties. Therefore, when facing domestic violence charges, retaining a highly skilled attorney is imperative to protect your rights and help build your best defense.

At the Alec Rose Law Office, I have the experience and resources to guide and represent individuals who have been falsely accused of domestic violence. As your legal counsel, I can evaluate and investigate all the surrounding facts of your unique situation and outline a strong defense strategy to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome for your case. Using my in-depth legal understanding, I can help you navigate a strong California criminal defense strategy. I will fight vigorously to defend your legal rights and make sure those allegations don't ruin your life.

Don't allow false domestic violence accusations to jeopardize your quality of life or future. Contact my firm today to schedule a simple case assessment with a knowledgeable domestic violence defense attorney. I can offer you the experienced legal counsel and reliable representation you need to fight your domestic violence charges. My firm proudly serves clients across Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara, California.