Domestic Violence: False Allegations Causing Real Problems

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Domestic violence, also known as abusive behavior in a relationship, is one of the most commonly reported crimes in Oregon. While nobody will argue against domestic violence being a severe crime, there are numerous situations where someone can be falsely accused of domestic violence.

With the quarantine forcing those in rocky relationships to spend additional time together, Oregon state officials have expressed that there has been an influx in the number of both legitimate and false domestic violence reports being filed.

Unfortunately, following a domestic violence arrest, even if you’re innocent, the odds are stacked against you. The alleged victim in a domestic violence case is almost always sided with, so you will have to fight to prove your innocence.

Because of this, we want to explain what you can do if you’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence.

Regaining Composure

Unlike other criminal charges, domestic violence defendants are often not offered the luxury of “innocent until proven guilty.” Once you’ve been arrested on domestic violence charges, there is little you can do to convince the world that you are, in fact, innocent.

However, by regaining composure and looking at your situation with a level head, you can beat your charges.

Get the Help of a Trusted Defense Team

The first step following being falsely arrested for domestic violence should be to discuss your situation with an experienced defense attorney. All too often, we see individuals incriminate themselves or make their situations worse without ever speaking to an attorney.

Working with a trusted team is the best way to ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward to protect your future.

Do Not Violate Any Restraining Orders Against You

If you already have a restraining order filed against you, it is crucial for your future that you do not violate the terms. It’s common for the accuser to try to lure you into a situation where you violate your restraining order, which often leads to additional charges. Avoid breaching your restraining order at all costs.

Keep Your Defense Consistent

Do not change your story unless your attorney advises you to do so. Keeping a consistent story will help paint the picture of your innocence to the judge.

Possible Consequences

While it can be challenging to prove your innocence to friends and family following a domestic violence arrest, it is even more challenging to prove your innocence to the police. If you’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence, some of the consequences you could face include:

  • Losing your job - Unfortunately, if you’ve been arrested on domestic violence charges, it’s a likely possibility that you could lose your job, even if the charges are false.
  • A new criminal record that could impact things such as:
    • Future employment opportunities - Employers often see a criminal record as a big red flag when it comes to hiring opportunities, especially when it comes to domestic violence.
    • Child custody rights - When dealing with child custody, domestic violence charges will almost always negatively impact your rights. A judge would never allow someone who is violent towards their significant other to have custody of
    • Professional licensing opportunities - Many professional licensing agencies (medical, aviation, etc.) do not allow individuals with criminal records to renew their licenses.
  • Jail or prison time
  • A stained reputation amongst friends, family, colleagues, etc.

The Law Office of Justin Rosas Is Here to Fight in Your Corner

We understand that the quarantine has forced many individuals to spend time around people that they don’t have the best relationships with. As emotions fly and arguments occur, false allegations may be made.

However, we want you to know that there are steps you can take to protect your future and your reputation. While false allegations may have been made against you, working with a trusted defense team can help you prove your innocence and protect your future.

Call us today (541) 933-5972 to discuss your situation over the phone.

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