If you, or someone you know, is falsely accused during a divorce or custody battle, stay calm, write down the interaction(s), cooperate with the police, and consider speaking to a lawyer.
What steps can you take to protect yourself if you are falsely accused?
Sometimes one parent is falsely accused by the other parent of wrongdoings. One parent may decide that their best strategy is to make false allegations against the other parent. These false allegations can vary from emotional and physical abuse, drug abuse, sexual offenses, domestic violence, and other serious crimes.
Unfortunately, being falsely accused can have long-term effects. Furthermore, disproving these false allegations can be expensive.
- Stay calm: You should stay composed in order to not worsen the situation any further. Please realize that everything you do from this moment forward can have consequences in your case.
- Write down the interaction(s): Document everything that happened in your own words. List the events leading up to the interaction(s), what happened, any witnesses, and any conversations.
- Cooperate with the police: If the police become involved, fully cooperate with them. At the same time, if you are arrested, you do not need to give a statement and you have the right to an attorney.
- Consider speaking to an attorney: An attorney can help you take steps to protect yourself.
If you, or someone you know, has been falsely accused and wishes to learn more about your rights, feel free to contact Martine Law at (612) 208-8076.