What To Do If Falsely Accused Of Domestic Violence?
Massachusetts police take domestic violence accusations very seriously. Officers in Boston and elsewhere in the state operate under a “mandatory arrest policy.” This means that if someone calls 911, the police will almost always respond and arrest someone — even if it is unclear who the real perpetrator was or even if an assault actually took place. Further, even if the accuser recants his or her story, prosecutors may still pursue charges.
Often, people arrested on suspicion of domestic violence were acting in self-defense or the allegations are false because they did not touch the alleged victim at all. If you have been falsely accused of domestic assault, Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm in Boston can help. Attorney David Yannetti and the rest of our legal team have earned reputation as trial lawyers and fierce defenders of our clients’ rights.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Falsely Accused Of Domestic Violence?
If the police respond to your home or elsewhere on a domestic-violence accusation, everything that you do is critical. Many people naively assume that they can talk their way out of an arrest. You are far better off to simply tell the police that you will not answer any questions without having an attorney present. If you request an attorney, the police are prohibited from questioning you any further. If you are arrested, realize that the police are likely listening to any phone calls you make from the station. Call a family member to tell them that you are under arrest and need their help to get bailed out and/or find an attorney. Do not describe what happened that led to you arrest. Silence is so important that we cannot stress it enough. By discussing the case with anyone other than your attorney, you may harm your chances of obtaining a good outcome. Most of all, hire a experienced and respected criminal defense attorney at your earliest opportunity. This is the best way of protecting your rights from the beginning.
Common Defenses To Domestic Assault Complaints
Our attorneys know Massachusetts criminal law thoroughly, including all available defenses to domestic violence charges, such as:
- False accusations
- Wrong suspect accused
- Lack of evidence
We will review the evidence and weigh which strategy to employ in your case. Our attorneys regularly get dubious charges dismissed without a trial, but we also take false accusations to trial and win those cases.