Domestic Violence and False Accusations

Domestic violence has become a top priority for law enforcement across the United States. Over the years, police, prosecutors, and courts have significantly changed the way they respond to domestic disturbance calls, prosecute individuals suspected of a crime, and penalizes them upon a conviction. Today, law enforcement officers make arrests when responding to domestic calls far more often than in the past. It then falls on the accused individual to prove their innocence in court.

Domestic violence is a serious concern, and it a serious crime that poses substantial criminal penalties to the accused, including fines, court ordered classes, and terms of imprisonment. They can also lead to a number of collateral consequences, including unsavory criminal records that limit one’s opportunities. While criminal penalties for a conviction are significant, even accusations alone have the ability to harm your reputation and profoundly impact your personal and professional life.

At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we take pride in the role we play in ensuring that the government’s version of the facts regarding a crime stand up to the test. When it comes to false accusations of domestic violence, we work diligently to conduct investigations and present a clear and convincing case of our clients’ innocence. We know there is a lot on the line when you stand accused of a domestic violence offense, and we fight aggressively to pursue the best possible outcome.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, here are some things you need to know:

  • Rigid Laws – Domestic violence can be challenging for law enforcement officers, as they often respond to the scene after disputes have taken place and may not necessarily see an actual crime being committed. As such, they must rely on evidence, statements from the involved parties, and, if any are available, statements from witnesses. Because these matters can boil down to he-said, she-said, and because the Missouri domestic violence laws are rigid, you can still be arrested and charged with a crime following an altercation, even if there are no witnesses, limited evidence, or if you were not the aggressor and were simply defending yourself.
  • Your Side of the Story – Law enforcement officers who respond to the scene are going to make an arrest if they have enough reason to do so, and will leave it to the courts to sort things out. While this can certainly be frustrating, it is important to remember that you will have the opportunity to present your side of the story as to what happened, provide supporting evidence, and work to disprove the government’s allegations against you. A seasoned defense lawyer can help you make the most of this opportunity.
  • Restraining Orders – Domestic violence accusations can result in restraining orders that prevent you from having contact with an alleged victim, from being within a certain distance of an alleged victim, and from going to their place of residence and / or work. It is important to be aware of these restraining orders, as violating them can hurt your case and subject you to additional penalties. As part of the comprehensive defense we provide, our team also handles matters involving domestic violence restraining orders.
  • An Attorney Can Make the Difference – Working with a proven criminal defense lawyer is important in any case, and especially so in domestic violence cases. By working with a lawyer who has the experience, time, and resources public defenders often do not have, you can gain the support of an advocate who can help you explore your defense options and effectively execute them to fight for a positive resolutions.

Remember, domestic violence allegations put nearly everything on the line. This is especially true when aggravating circumstances are involved, including prior convictions and allegations that a firearm or weapon was used. Our legal team is prepared to handle all aspects of your case and defense, even in the face of the most serious accusations.

Have you been wrongly accused of domestic violence? If so, the time to act is now. Your name, freedom, and future are at stake, and it is in your best interests to work with experienced defense lawyers who have the insight and ability to help you fight for a positive outcome. As former prosecutors, both of our firm’s attorneys know what the government needs to prove in order to gain a domestic violence conviction, and we leverage this knowledge of the “other side” when fighting for our clients.

Call The Hamer Law Firm, LLC today to discuss your case and rights during a FREE case review.

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