Domestic violence is a crime that law enforcement takes seriously, and for good reason. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed by an intimate partner, though many cases are never reported to police. When a report is made, the person accused of domestic violence may have their life turned upside down. While reporting domestic violence is important, there is another important issue that is discussed much more rarely: false accusations.
If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you are not alone. It is important to remember that many people have been in similar situations and have successfully fought back against abusive false reports. It may also be reassuring to know that the criminal penalties for making a false report can be harsh, as one Pennsylvania woman recently found out.
Filing False Reports Have Real World Consequences
A woman in Conneaut Lake has been charged by police with unsworn fabrication to law enforcement after making a false report about domestic violence. The 37-year-old woman told police that her boyfriend had assaulted her and strangled her on October 30. However, on December 2, she went back to the police and admitted that she had lied about the incident and there was no violence.
Her boyfriend, with whom she shared a child, had been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges after her allegations. These charges were later dismissed, and the woman was arrested instead. She was charged with unsworn falsification to law enforcement, a third-degree misdemeanor that can carry a fine of at least $1,000 after a conviction. As of this writing, her case is still pending in the Pennsylvania courts.
Fighting Back Against False Accusations
Filing a false report is a serious offense and should never be taken lightly. If you or a loved one is a victim of a false accusation, it is important to know your rights and the steps you can take to protect yourself. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, here are some things you can do to clear your name and protect yourself from further harm.
- Remain calm and collected. Do not make the situation worse by fighting with responding officers or arguing with your partner.
- Don't try to explain yourself to the police or reason with your partner. Anything you say can be used against you, and you may make your situation worse.
- Understand the charges against you. If you are accused of domestic violence, it is important to know what the specific charges are and what they mean.
- Gather evidence that can prove your innocence, such as text messages, emails, or witnesses who can attest to your character.
- Hire a knowledgeable attorney with experience fighting false domestic violence charges.
Being accused of domestic violence can be a frightening and distressing experience. It is important to seek professional legal help as soon as possible after a domestic violence arrest to avoid incriminating yourself or violating any court orders.
Get Legal Help Fighting False Allegations
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