Are There Penalties For a False Accusations of Domestic Violence?

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The state of New Jersey takes accusations of domestic violence seriously. Someone who levels a false allegation against somebody can waste a lot of the state’s time and resources. If you are the one being falsely accused, you may be wondering how to react. You need to talk to a Mercer County domestic violence defense lawyer who can help you build a defense and show that your accuser is making untrue statements.

What Do I Do If I Am Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?

You need to take every step that you can to protect yourself even when you are dealing with false accusations. When you are arrested you need to:

Stay silent: There is no good reason to talk to the police. They could twist your words and use it as evidence against you.

Get a lawyer: Communicating through your lawyer is the safest bet.

Stay away from the person who made the complaint: Maybe this is a misunderstanding and you think that you can clear it up yourself. Do not try to do that. You could just end up making matters worse, especially if you end up violating a protection order.

What Can a Lawyer Do to Help Me Fight False Accusations?

Having a lawyer by your side can do more than protect you from overzealous police interviewers. An experienced criminal defense attorney can do many things to help you with your case. They can:

  • Help you establish an alibi
  • Talk to witnesses
  • Prepare you and supporting witnesses for testimony
  • Communicate on your behalf
  • Create reasonable doubt

Remember, the state has a high burden of proof to meet here. They have to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. One of our attorneys can poke holes in the prosecution’s case and confront the witness who made the false accusations. They will do the best that they can to get your domestic violence charge dismissed.

What Happens to the Person Who Makes False Accusations?

In most cases, filing a false report is considered a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. If the state decides to go after someone who falsely accused you of domestic violence, they could punish them with fines, probation, and up to six months in jail.

You may also have recourse in civil court. Defending yourself from a criminal charge costs money. Being accused of domestic violence can hurt your reputation and career. Suing your accuser in court could help you recover damages and send a message that this kind of behavior is not acceptable.

Talk to our Attorneys

A domestic violence accusation is a serious one, even if you know that someone is making a false complaint against you. So take this seriously, and contact the Law Office of Douglas Herring to schedule a consultation. We can tell you more about how you can protect yourself and fight back.

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