There are growing movements in today’s society to support those who “come out” with accusations against all sorts of people for all sorts of supposed crimes. However, our criminal justice system is supposed to support the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” and this movement can affect high-profile and low-profile cases alike. These include those accused of domestic violence and a variety of other crimes. Stories surrounding these allegations tend to gain a lot of traction on social media and other online platforms, leading to a plethora of bad feelings directed toward the one accused, whether or not the case has been proven in court. With this in mind, you’ll want to be aware of the actions that can lead to false accusations and how you can avoid them.
In a world of high-profile cases, followed by social media outrage and subsequent shaming, it’s not surprising that people are eager to jump in with both feet every time there’s a domestic violence call. But, whether or not your situation invokes the same reactions, it’s important to remember that a fight can start from nearly any misunderstanding or disagreement. These situations can quickly escalate into something more severe and the best way to avoid facing any wrongful allegations is to try your best to avoid going toe-to-toe with someone you know isn’t exactly in the right frame of mind. If it’s not a severe disagreement, you can always try to smooth things over. Otherwise, you can do your best to remove yourself from the situation completely and avoid the drama.
When you hear someone accuse you of something that doesn’t seem right, please take a moment to think about it before responding. You’ll want to expose any inconsistencies or holes in the story. Try your best to stay level headed but, if the person is not a reliable source of facts, you can point out those inconsistencies or outright call out the person on their lies. This can go a long way toward discrediting them and helping others to see what’s happening.
There are plenty of ways to gather witnesses, and witnesses alone can be a great way to set the record straight. If you know a friend or family member who is similarly taken aback by someone accusing you, they’ll probably be happy to help you. You can also take legal action, filing a counter-complaint or contacting the police. Having multiple sources to back up your position can go a long way toward keeping you safe and out of trouble.
As you’ve probably already heard, it’s hard to disprove a false accusation, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. If someone has accused you of something terrible, there should be a reason behind it. If you have a good idea why the person is blaming you, try to bring it up to correct their misconceptions. It can be done calmly and collectively, or even if you take the more direct approach and ask, “why are you making this up?” It can help put an end to the anger and fear that’s being spread throughout social media platforms. Even if nothing comes of it due to your efforts, at least you’ll know what happened when everyone else finds out.
An excellent criminal defense attorney can help you protect yourself if you face actual charges of a crime because of false accusations. Your attorney will ensure that any evidence against you is appropriately handled and can even gather witnesses who will speak on your behalf. If the false allegations have progressed to the point where the police have been involved, your attorney can work with them to ensure that your rights are protected.
You can’t afford to take a chance that false accusations will come to nothing. If you know someone claiming something that they shouldn’t be, reach out to them and speak with them about it. Even if it’s only to clear things up and make sure that the situation doesn’t affect you in the future, it’ll be one less thing to agonize over. For any general legal advice related to false accusations, don’t hesitate to contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law.