Unfortunately, many suffer at the hands of an intimate partner. As such, these accusations are taken very seriously. However, if you’ve been falsely accused of domestic abuse by your partner or an ex-partner, you may be overwhelmed by these claims. It’s essential to enlist the assistance of an Oklahoma City assault & battery lawyer to help you navigate these accusations. Keep reading to learn more about what penalties your accuser can face for a false domestic violence claim and how you can clear your name.
Can You Face Criminal Charges for a False Domestic Violence Claim?
In Oklahoma, anyone who falsely reports a crime can face criminal consequences. Due to the implications that accusations of a crime have, the person responsible for the false claims can face immense consequences. As such, the accuser can endure a misdemeanor, resulting in up to ninety days in prison or a fine of up to $500.
What Happens if I’m Falsely Accused of Domestic Abuse?
If falsely accused of domestic violence, your whole world may be flipped upside down. The most important thing you must do is remain calm, especially if taken into custody as a result of these claims. It’s common to be hurt, betrayed, and angry with these accusations. However, if you become agitated or lose your cool, it may make your spouse’s claims seem more plausible. If taken into custody, be sure to comply with law enforcement.
The next thing you must do is to use your right to remain silent if you are arrested. Unfortunately, many are unaware of this Constitutional right, which affords you the right to refrain from incriminating yourself. Similarly, you have the right to an attorney, so tell law enforcement you want your attorney.
Finally, if released on bail, be sure to avoid your accuser. Do not approach them or contact them in any way. Unfortunately, this can only serve to make you appear more guilty. Let your attorney handle any communication with the accuser and their attorney.
How Can I Clear My Name?
The accusation of domestic violence can follow you for the rest of your life. In many situations, domestic violence can be charged as a felony crime, meaning it is much more serious than a misdemeanor charge. Unfortunately, these can sometimes be “he said, she said” situations. That’s why working with an experienced criminal attorney is critical, as they have the necessary experience to help you navigate these complex situations.
Luckily, you may have a rock-solid alibi that can help show that you were not with your accuser when the alleged incident occurred. Similarly, photos, videos, receipts, and other people can all help prove your innocence.
When you need help, the Jones Firm, PLLC, is ready to assist you. We understand how damaging false claims of violence can be. As such, we will do everything possible to help you clear your name. Contact us today to learn how our dedicated team can assist you if you’ve been falsely accused of a crime.