Judge holding gavelThis is the next post in my series on what Phoenix, Arizona residents should expect after having been charged with felony domestic violence. My last post discussed steps an attorney will take, both before and during trial, in defending the rights of one who is accused of such an offense. It is important for a defendant to understand the steps their counsel will take during the process. In this article I will discuss how one can defend themselves against false allegations of domestic violence for aggravated assault.

It is not uncommon for Phoenix residents to have to defend themselves against false accusations of domestic violence

It is, unfortunately, not uncommon for one to defend themselves against false accusations of domestic violence. This occurs for several reasons. First, an ex may be fabricating claims as part of an effort to gain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody case. Second, an angry or bitter ex may be filing such claims as a way of trying to “get even” after a nasty break-up. Hiring an experienced defense lawyer can assist you in defending against such accusations.

A common situation which arises is when one makes false claims of domestic violence during a child custody dispute. An example of this would occur when one of the parents has filed for primary custody of the child or children. Shortly after the family law case is filed the parent attends a child custody exchange which, in truth, goes smoothly. In order to get an “upper hand” in the custody dispute that parent then goes straight to the police station and claims to have been assaulted during the exchange. This claim is made out of hope that the reporting parent will “win” custody due to the allegations. A similar situation occurs when two adults are going through a contentious break-up and one party claims there was domestic when the parties were in the same location for a purpose such as returning property to one another. It is easy for one to find such claims as ridiculous as they are, after all, false. The truth, however, is that such matters should be taken very seriously.

If you are a Phoenix resident and are facing false allegations of domestic violence then it is imperative that you contact an attorney immediately.

A defense lawyer will explain to Arizona jurors why a victim is making false domestic violence claims

When taking a domestic violence case to trial it is important for your defense lawyer to explain why the accuser is making false claims. A juror is more likely to believe that the claims are false if they understand the victim’s reason for making false claims. Providing this level of understanding can make the difference between a juror seeing the accused as a victim of false claims or as a person who is simply trying to beat the charges by claiming that they “didn’t do it.” Hiring a lawyer, who will fully explain your case to the jury, is crucial.

Contact my office today to speak with an attorney who handles felony domestic violence cases. In addition to to Phoenix, we service Maricopa County areas such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert as well as Pima County residents in Tucson.