No one likes to be accused of doing something they didn’t do. When those accusations result in legal action, things quickly escalate from frustrating to frightening. This is especially true in cases revolving around physical or sexual abuse.
Even if you win the case, the initial allegations can ruin your reputation and relationships. If you lose the case, your life can become irreparably damaged. While going to court over false allegations can be a difficult and draining process, it’s important that you fight for the truth.
You should not settle on allegations of crimes that you did not commit. Here’s what you should do instead.
Speak to a Lawyer Immediately
As soon as it becomes clear you’re being accused of something, you shouldn’t talk to anyone before speaking to a lawyer. Though your initial reaction will be to go on the defensive (or even the offensive), it’s best to be silent and avoid potential self-incrimination or contradiction.
Your lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of what you’re up against and what to do next. It is imperative that you make the right actions during the time.
Gathering Testimonies and Evidence
You typically have to move quickly when preparing an initial response to allegations. Depending on where you live and what the allegations are, the accuser may simply need to prove their allegations according to the “preponderance of evidence”. What this means is that it’s more likely that abuse occurred than it is that it didn’t.
Think of it as a balanced scale. You are one side. Your accuser is the other. If their side produces more evidence/testimonies/motive/etc. than your side does, even if it’s a small difference, they’ll likely win the case.
In situations that involve an ex-spouse or partner, it can be difficult to gather testimonies, as many people will either refuse to take sides, or they’ll take the other person’s side. Do what you can. Gather physical proof as much as possible.
Also, check for inconsistences in their claims. False allegations are often contradictory. Look for an ulterior motive as well. What reasons might they have for accusing you?
As we mentioned earlier, even if you win, you may suffer personal losses and damage. People can lose their jobs or have their business suffer just from being accused of something. If you win the case, it may be in your best interest to take action against the person who falsely accused you.
You may be owed restitution for lost income, inability to find new work, mental anguish, humiliation, and more.
Of course, you’ll first need to prove your innocence. Michael T. Edwards is here for you. For an attorney in Springfield, Ohio, contact Michael T. Edwards today!