The court system protects those who experience domestic violence. Unfortunately, false accusations can be devastating for the wrongly-accused person.
Take these steps to defend your reputation if you face a court date for false domestic violence claims.
Understand the charges
Florida defines domestic violence as any criminal act that physically injures someone who lives in the same household. The victim may be a spouse, romantic partner or another member of the family who resides with the accused person. Examples of domestic violence provided by the state include battery, assault, aggravated battery, sexual battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, stalking, aggravated stalking and false imprisonment.
Cooperate with authorities
If law enforcement arrests you for domestic violence, remain calm and cooperate with the officer. Do not make a statement, either orally or in writing, without the guidance of an attorney.
Follow court orders
If the accuser asks the court for an injunction against you, it may prevent you from contacting the accuser. You may have to stay a certain distance away from the person’s home or work. Even if you did not commit the crimes in question, you can receive additional sanctions for violating a domestic violence injunction.
You have the right to legal representation throughout the process. An attorney can help you compile evidence that supports your innocence, such as text messages, emails, phone conversations, social media posts, photos, video and medical records.
You may feel scared and powerless if accused of a crime you did not commit. However, taking these immediate steps can help you protect yourself from these charges.