Have you been falsely accused or wrongly prosecuted for domestic violence? False allegations and wrongful prosecutions harm the innocent, squander resources, and shortchange true victims.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested or is facing criminal charges related to Domestic Violence (or “Assault Family Violence”), there may be a lot at stake. You may only have a short period of time to learn your rights and what steps could help you protect them. The Charles Johnson Law Firm can help you understand the charges that you are facing, and help you protect your rights with the police and in court.
Criminal charges don’t always mean a guaranteed conviction. A conviction can bring penalties including court fines, probation or jail time – plus a permanent mark on your record – but you may be able to avoid these by fighting for your freedom. Domestic assault is taken seriously by law enforcement personnel and prosecutors. It is vital to have a competent, experienced defense attorney on your side.
Houston Lawyer Charles Johnson can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 713-222-7577 or toll free 877-308-0100. As the justice system has come to recognize the social and legal effects of domestic violence, the penalties for conviction of domestic assault have become steeper. This is why it is so important to consult a lawyer who is familiar with your local court system. Seek the help of an attorney from the Charles Johnson Law Firm in Houston, Texas to learn more about what you can do to assert your rights.
Why Should Persons be Concerned about False Allegations of Domestic Violence?
Approximately two million Americans experience intimate partner violence each year. These persons need counseling services, legal assistance, shelter resources, and protection by the criminal justice system.
Unfortunately, each year 2-3 million restraining orders are issued in the United States, of which as many as 80% are unnecessary or false. As Elaine Epstein, former president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, revealed, “Everyone knows that restraining orders and orders to vacate are granted to virtually all who apply…In many cases, allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage. “
False accusers not only divert resources away from the true victims of domestic violence, they render harm to the targets of their legal abuse. False allegations stain a person’s reputation, deplete that person’s assets, and can ruin a person’s career. They may deprive a child of parental love and attention which every child needs.
What are the Warning Signs of an Impending False Allegation?
A false allegation can be a life-altering experience. But falsely accused persons often don’t see it coming.
These are some of the warning signs to look for:
- Your partner has gotten a restraining before and knows how to work the system.
- You and your partner are thinking about separating, and you are worried about an impending child custody dispute.
- Your partner is moody, unpredictable, attention-seeking, demanding, manipulative, or fails to assume responsibility for family problems.
- Your partner has been diagnosed with depression, borderline personality disorder, or other a psychological problem.
- Your partner has made a joke about getting a restraining order.
- You just discovered your partner is having an affair (do not confront your partner about it!).
- Your partner has been arrested for domestic violence, and is now considering ways to retaliate.
- Your partner has told you they are going to request a restraining order.
- Your partner has friends or family members who have done so.
- Be on the look-out for warning signs that your partner may file a false allegation of domestic violence against you, so you can take steps now to protect yourself.
What Should I Do if I Think my Partner is Going to Make a False Accusation?
A restraining order is the most commonly used legal tactic to make a false allegation of domestic violence. If you have reason to believe your partner is about to make a false accusation, it is critical that you act quickly to protect your children, your reputation, your assets, and even your career:
- Contact Attorney Charles Johnson immediately at 713-222-7577 or toll free 877-308-0100 to protect your rights.
- Assemble your valuable papers (birth certificate, car title, legal documents, etc.) so they can’t be stolen by your partner. Place them in a newly-opened safe deposit box or other safe location.
- Open a checking account just in your name so your partner can’t take your money.
- Tell a family member or trusted friend, in case you need to find a place to stay on short notice.
- Change the passwords on your computer, cell phone, and personal bank accounts. Remove external hard drives and other electronic storage devices. Do not leave your cell phone lying around.
- If you have any firearms or other weapons, move them to a secure location away from your home. Do not engage in firearms training or target practice until the situation is resolved.
- Do not send or receive personal emails from your home computer. Use a computer at your office or at the library.
- Avoid any actions that could later be misconstrued in a court of law:
- Do not engage in put-downs or insults, especially in writing or by voice mail or an answering machine.
- Do not talk or joke about violence or suicide.
- Do not engage in kinky sex or joke about rape.
- Do not slap you partner, even if he or she asks you to.
- Do not play rough-house with your children.
- Do not smash your fist into the wall.
- Do not throw the TV remote control.
- Do not admit to doing something wrong or apologize for prior actions, either verbally or in writing.
- If your partner has engaged in abusive behavior, promptly obtain a restraining order in advance of your partner taking such action. Once you get the restraining order, change all locks to keep your partner out.
- If you need to see your ex-partner (for example, to exchange your children), do so in a public location, preferably a place with video monitoring.
- If you need to drop off something at your ex-partner’s residence, go with a witness.
- Be sure to document any conversation or incident that could later become a focus of attention in a courtroom.
Contact Houston Domestic Violence Lawyer Charles Johnson
It’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as you’ve been arrested. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner work can be done to prevent your charges from escalating into a conviction.
Harris County Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Charles Johnson knows how frustrating and hopeless things may seem right now, but urges you not to give up hope. There are many viable defense strategies for fighting domestic violence charges, and many things that can be done to ensure your charges don’t spiral out of control. You can depend on Attorney Johnson to thoroughly investigate your charges, and trust that he’ll make it known to the judge if he finds anything that may indicate the accusations were fabricated. The Charles Johnson Law Firm is here for you, and will do whatever can be done to make sure this ordeal results in the best possible outcome!
If you have been accused of domestic violence, don’t try to fight your charges alone.
Contact Houston Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Charles Johnson for experienced and dependable representation. He can be reached directly around the clock, 7 days/week at (713) 222-7577.