Few things can impact your life like the accusation that you are a domestic abuser. Unfortunately, these accusations can disrupt your career and social life while you face time in prison for actions you never committed. If you’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence, you may not know where to turn. Luckily, Houston family violence defense attorneys can guide you through this complex process to help clear your name. Keep reading to learn what you can do and whether or not the person accusing you will face punishment for their false claims.
If I’m Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence, What Can I Do to Clear My Name?
Facing accusations of a heinous crime can severely impact your life. As such, monitoring how you respond during these circumstances is crucial to protecting yourself.
If taken into police custody, you must remain calm and comply with officers. Though you may rightfully be angry and betrayed by the accusers, acting in a violent manner may only serve to provide more proof to the claims made by the accuser. Instead, remain level-headed.
When you are taken into custody or arrested, it’s imperative to understand that remaining silent is in your best interest. Unfortunately, many are under the assumption that staying silent implies guilt. However, this is your Constitutional right. You are also allowed to request an attorney before speaking to the police. You should not talk to the police until you have discussed the circumstances with an experienced attorney.
In the event you are released on bail, do not approach or contact the person who accused you of violence. Unfortunately, this can only lead to additional accusations that hurt your case. All contact with the accuser should be handled by your attorney.
Finally, your attorney will work with you to help prove your innocence through evidence and testimony from others.
Can the Accuser Face Penalties for a False Accusation?
In Texas, those who falsely accuse another person of a crime can face intense penalties.
If the person is discovered to have filed a false police report, they can face a Class B misdemeanor, while perjury or lying under oath can face a Class A misdemeanor. In cases where the lie is material, meaning it influences the trial’s outcome, they can face a third-degree felony for aggravated perjury. In all instances, there is a potential for jail time and hefty fines.
If you’ve been falsely accused of a crime like domestic violence by someone you love, it can be earth-shattering. However, the Gonzalez Law Group is here to help prove the false accusations. We understand the impact these claims can have on the lives of those accused, so we will do everything possible to help prove your innocence. Contact us today to learn how our dedicated team will fight for you.