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The truth about false domestic violence allegations

Any allegation of domestic assault is taken very seriously by law enforcement authorities and the courts. Violence involving roommates, spouses, family members or significant others can be devastating and there may be some issues like addiction or aggression that need to be addressed sooner, rather than later.

However, not every accusation of domestic violence is legitimate. There are many instances when people fabricate or exaggerate claims of assault or battery to benefit themselves somehow. 

According to data on the Stop Abusive and Violent Environments website, roughly 700,000 people are wrongfully arrested every year for domestic violence. Further, 70 percent of restraining orders that are issued stem from false or trivial claims. 

False claims of domestic violence can be enormously damaging to the people penalized for them. Parents can lose custody or visitation rights if they are believed to be a threat to the safety and well-being of a child or the other parent.

People can be forced to make adjustments to where they live, work and spend free time when they are restricted by a restraining order.

Perhaps most upsetting, however, is the fact that a person can be convicted of a crime, sentenced to jail and have to live with a stain on their criminal record even if the claims made against them are untruthful.

Because it can be very difficult to immediately distinguish between a legitimate claim and a false accusation, defending against claims of domestic assault can be crucial.

If you are facing this situation, you need to understand that you have the right to defend yourself with the help of an attorney. You can work to discredit your accuser and his or her claims by speaking with witnesses, challenging statements against you and presenting your side of the story. Having an attorney with knowledge of the legal system and experience defending these types of allegations by your side can prove to be quite valuable.

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