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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.

Call 617-297-9213 to get a free phone consultation about the charges against you. We have offices in Boston, Salem and Dedham for your convenience.

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
  • Self-defense
  • Wrong suspect accused
  • Lack of evidence
  • Consent

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.

Your Rights Matter. Protect Them.

For a free phone legal consultation with no obligation, call 617-297-9213. You can also fill out our online intake form.


Client Testimonials

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In the most painful times in our lives–David, Greg and Lisa showed us their professional best–dignified, warm, gracious. David and his team will not let you down, you will be taken well care of and most importantly superbly and justly represented…
Barbara Lynch

Oh my goodness David is a miracle worker! Unbelievable results! David is so highly respected by attorneys and judges and prosecutors that he really makes an impact in court and presented our friend in the best possible light…

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Greg Johnson and David Yannetti are simply the best. After having two other attorneys on a case, I hired them and got results where others failed. They work hard for you and I highly recommend them!…

Vivian Trinh

If it was not for Mr. Yannetti I could have lost my career and opportunity to come back to USA again given that I am not a US citizen. Thank you Mr. Yannetti for all you did for me and my family. You and your office were truly there for me in my darkest hour…

Ajit Gupta

Greg Johnson is a charming attorney and seems to truly care about his client’s and the outcome of their case. If you ever need an experienced criminal defense Lawyer, Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm is the one to call!…


“I’ve got your back,” he told me early on. David did not disappoint. By showing up with David in the courtroom, I felt I’d made a clear statement of intent. The case was duly dropped…

James Brooks

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