Being accused of domestic violence can quickly lead to trouble. You could face a restraining order, the loss of child custody and your visitation rights and potentially lose your job. A conviction could lead to fines and jail time among other serious penalties.
This is why it’s important to keep records to help you protect against allegations of domestic violence.
Good recordkeeping may help you fight back after accusations of violence
Beating a domestic violence charge can be tough, but you’ll have much more power in your situation if you have records to prove that you didn’t instigate a violent situation or weren’t present at a time when you’ve been accused of stalking or negatively interacting with another person.
For example, you may have a witness who can say that they were with you all night on the night your spouse claims that you attacked them. Write down the witness’s information, like their phone number and a basic statement, and keep it on hand for your attorney.
Similarly, if you have video, texts, social media posts or other evidence of your spouse threatening to accuse you of domestic violence, those can help you defend yourself more easily. Photos of injuries they suffered in an accident unrelated to domestic violence may also help you show that bruises or injuries weren’t a result of violence in the home.
Domestic violence is a serious allegation to face, but you can fight back. Keep track of any evidence that you can to protect yourself, so unfair and unwarranted accusations of domestic violence can be disputed. This evidence could help you avoid a conviction.