If you are facing domestic violence allegations, your life could turn upside down for many different reasons. You could immediately sustain serious damage to your reputation, costing you your job or resulting in the loss of close friends. These allegations can also prevent parents from seeing their children and cause overwhelming anxiety and depression.
In some instances, people find themselves facing domestic violence charges even though they did not break the law. False allegations of domestic violence can arise when someone wants to get revenge or win a dispute over child custody, for example.
Domestic violence takes various forms
The Florida Legislature provides an overview of domestic violence and different types of abuse involving family members or household members. A domestic violence case could arise as a result of an assault, battery, false imprisonment, kidnapping, stalking or sexual assault. Sometimes, these claims are completely baseless, such as someone who falsely accuses their child’s other parent of hitting their child, even though no such action ever occurred. Domestic violence cases can become challenging due to a lack of evidence, especially when they involve one party’s words against another’s.
Household members and domestic violence
Domestic violence involves family or household members. This can include one’s spouse, child, former spouse, in-laws and the other parent of one’s child. If you are dealing with allegations of domestic violence, you need to immediately go over your legal rights and analyze the details that surround the incident(s). If you are wrongly accused of domestic violence, understand what is at stake and take steps to secure a favorable outcome in court.