False claims of domestic violence can have an extremely detrimental impact on the life of the accused. It can lead to a criminal record and the revocation of visitation rights if the accused is a parent. Additionally, it can damage a person's reputation and limit their job opportunities.
This is why it is so important to make sure that you adequately defend yourself against accusations of domestic violence. By understanding how this can be realistically done, you will be better equipped to take the appropriate action based on your individual circumstances. The following are some common defenses to domestic violence accusations.
Arguing that the accusation is deliberately false
Unfortunately, occasionally false accusations of domestic abuse are made by people so that they can gain an upper hand in some way. In many situations, this is because one parent wants to limit the visitation rights that another parent has. By claiming that domestic abuse took place, the accuser may be successful in preventing the other parent from having full access to their children while an investigation takes place.
Arguing lack of proof
If you were accused of being physically violent toward another person, it would be expected that the accuser would be able to provide some sort of proof in the form of photos or medical records. If evidence cannot be provided, you may be able to successfully defend yourself solely by arguing that there is a lack of proof.
In domestic arguments, things can get heated quickly. If you had reasonable cause to believe that you were in immediate danger, it is likely that you did something to defend yourself. For example, if the other person had a weapon and you believed that they intended to use it, you would be rational to act physically in order to prevent them from harming you. In this situation, when accused of domestic abuse, it is likely that you would be able to defend yourself by arguing self-defense as long as you took reasonable action.
If you have been accused of domestic abuse, it is important that you take the time to understand the law in Missouri. By doing so you will be equipped to get justice.