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What can you do if you're accused of domestic violence?

There are dozens of reasons why a person could be accused of domestic violence when he or she never participated in a violent act. Male or female, innocent people are more likely to be accused of domestic violence by people who irrationally want to harm their reputation or get them into trouble with the law. Many cases involve spouses or partners who want revenge or to control the other person.

In reality, those who are falsely accused of domestic violence are victims of it. They're being accused of something horrible and having to fight against allegations for something they never did. Being blindsided by the allegations means someone could seem very nervous, frantic or aggressive, further "proving" the accuser's lies about the other party.

What should you do if you're accused of domestic abuse?

The first thing to remember is not to panic. Don't try to explain yourself to the police or act in an aggressive manner. It's better if you go with the police quietly while asking for your attorney.

Once you're with the police, you can wait for your attorney before you speak with them. You should hear your Miranda rights being read to you before you speak with anyone.

When you speak with your attorney, make sure you provide him or her with all possible evidence of your innocence. For instance, if you have an email threatening to call the police if you don't do something for the other party, then that would be helpful for your defense.

Domestic violence allegations can ruin lives and careers. Make sure you protect yourself and your rights as soon as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Accused of Domestic Violence: What to Do," Ceylan Pumphrey, Esq., accessed Feb. 13, 2018

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