You’ve been accused of domestic violence, and you know that you didn’t do anything wrong. Maybe there was an argument or something of this nature, but you never broke the law and you never harmed anyone.
You’re certainly interested in what this is going to mean for your future and what type of criminal defense options you’ll have to utilize. But you are also interested in why this would happen. Why would someone make false accusations that could change your life so drastically?
The issues with child custody
There are multiple reasons that this can happen, but one important thing to consider is child custody. As a general rule, courts are going to attempt to give two co-parents shared custody after a divorce or after their relationship ends. Sole custody is only used in more extreme situations.
But think about the reasons that people use for sole custody. They include things like abuse, mental illness, substance abuse, neglect, incarceration, abandonment and relocation.
As you can see, many of these things could be addressed if domestic violence took place. If the person who accused you is your co-parent, you may want to ask yourself if they’re simply making this accusation because they think it will strengthen their case to get sole custody. They may think that your arrest or simply accusations made against you will be enough to ensure that you never see your child again.
What options do you have?
As you can see, the stakes can be incredibly high when you’re facing criminal charges. Always make sure that you know about the options you have to fight for your rights.