False Allegations of Domestic Violence Surge During the Holiday Season

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The holidays, spanning Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day, are traditionally a time for joy and togetherness. Yet, beneath the glittering surface of festive celebrations, a troubling trend emerges during the holiday season. Sadly, this is peak time for false allegations of domestic violence. Stressors such as financial strain, unrealistic expectations, and family dynamics can create a tinderbox of emotions, leading to unfounded accusations. 

Navigating the Rise of False Domestic Violence Claims

False allegations of domestic violence constitute a frightening and traumatic experience for the accused, carrying long-term repercussions, even when proven untrue. If you find yourself accused of domestic violence, your first course of action is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can safeguard your legal rights and freedom. Despite your innocence, you may face a law enforcement investigation, criminal charges, strained relationships, and hostility from family and friends. While your instinct is to confront the accuser, avoiding all contact with the alleged victim is advisable. An enraged or unstable partner may escalate the situation, even if you are seeking a civil conversation.

Penalties Associated with a Domestic Violence Conviction:

  • Completion of a batterer’s intervention program
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Mandatory jail time
  • Probation
  • Community Service Hours
  • Injunction Orders
  • Immigration consequences
  • Loss of civil rights, such as the right to possess a firearm

Experienced Attorneys Defending Your Rights, Reputation, and Freedom

The AP Law Firm is an aggressive criminal defense law firm dedicated to finding solutions in tough situations. As seasoned trial lawyers with decades of collective experience, Attorney Tania Alavi and Attorney Andrew Pozzuto defend individuals accused of various Florida misdemeanor, felony, and federal crimes. Recognizing the challenges posed by false allegations of domestic violence, we work diligently to protect the rights of the accused, contributing to a legal landscape rooted in justice. A wrongful arrest can forever impact an innocent person’s life and reputation, jeopardizing their career, relationships, custody and visitation rights, and other freedoms.

Legal Definitions

Florida Statute 741.28 describes Domestic Violence as:

  • “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”

Under Florida law, a Family or Household Member is:

  • A spouse
  • A former spouse
  • A person related by blood or marriage
  • Persons currently or in the past resided together as a family
  • Persons who are parents of a child in common

Building Your Defense: Gathering Evidence

The AP Law Group underscores the significance of a thorough investigation, meticulous documentation, and strategic legal maneuvers. Collecting evidence and witnesses who can attest to your innocence is pivotal. Documentation may include text messages, social media posts, videos, e-mails, or other records refuting the accuser’s credibility. Establishing an alibi can help prove your absence during the alleged incident. 

Move Forward with Confidence: Contact The AP Law Firm

Allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously in Florida. Our goal is to protect the rights of the accused in the face of baseless allegations. Whether a family member makes a false claim to gain an advantage in a divorce or child custody dispute, is motivated by revenge, or misconstrues a heated argument as violence, we are here to help.

Get Started on Your Defense Today

Contact The AP Law Group online or call us at (352) 732-9191. Our office locations are in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida, and we serve clients in these areas and the surrounding communities.