Sacramento, CA: People who have been wrongly charged with domestic abuse often feel humiliated. Although they know the truth, domestic violence charges are embarrassing and can carry serious penalties. However, people who have been falsely accused of domestic abuse can, and should, fight to clear their name.
According to Vince Imhoff, managing partner of Imhoff & Associates, PC, false domestic abuse accusations can be made for a number of reasons, including disagreements over child custody and property settlement claims. "It is a way to kick the other spouse out," Imhoff says. "People know how to abuse it [domestic violence accusations] and use it as a tool. They can use a false domestic abuse claim to get someone out of the house. Then the accused has to stay away for 24 hours or until the court date.
"There are several things that go on in making a domestic abuse accusation. First, it is easy to make the accusation. Second, the state has an interest in arresting people for domestic violence because they get federal money per arrest, so they have a vested interest in acting on an accusation that has thin evidence."
Unfortunately, once charges have been filed, domestic violence cases usually go to court. They generally only end either when a jury comes back with a verdict or the accused agrees to a plea agreement. Imhoff says that it is can be difficult for defendants to fight domestic abuse charges. "It takes a lot of gumption for a defendant to want to keep fighting. Often they get worn down by the system or they can't afford to miss more work. It can be expensive for the defendant so they decide to take a plea agreement."
Imhoff says that there are many things to take into account when mounting a domestic violence defense. "We look at corroborating evidence—what other evidence is around," Imhoff says. "We look for physical signs of abuse, see if there has been past abuse. We find out if they are in the midst of a divorce and what the witnesses, if there are any, have to say.
If you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, Imhoff says that you should fight the charges. "It's worthwhile not to give up," Imhoff says. "It's not as bleak as you think it is. It is possible to win and stand up and say, 'This did not happen.' Once you are over the initial shock, stand tall, fight and make sure that your name is cleared."
Link to the attorney web site I found this article on..
Domestic Abuse Charges: "Make Sure Your Name is Cleared"
What has this world come to?
Of course.. this wasn't any shocker to me.. I'm not an ass.. I KNOW False D.V. allegations are made all the time.. (shaking my head)..what a shame.. false accusations discredit the real victims of D.V. and make us look like liars!
Anywho.. another wepon of mass destruction due to federal funding is calling child services on your spouse, I note in my personal experiences on the board of Directors in civil rights groups and very involved with families and children's rights.. this one is a favorite of angry manipulative spouses or extended family.. hell even the cranky neighbors jump on the band wagon.. I had my wonderful neighbor call on my once after a dispute..
Oh and don't forget the occasional mother (lucky me I had one of those) that calls because you won't listen to how SHE wants you to raise your kid. (That was back in the 80's in my case and I thank God there wasn't federal funding "incentives" back then.. cause that woman called them so many times the workers would come to the house and say .. Oh you again? Then we all had a good laugh. Then of course I knew the script .. check closets fridge beds ok have a good day ...
Ehhh ya gotta be able to laugh or it'll kill ya!