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Petition sent to Congress on false accusations of domestic abuse

Petition sent to Congress on false accusations of domestic abuse

A petition has been forwarded to Congress, asking for their help in stopping alleged victims of domestic violence from making false accusations against alleged offenders for abuse. This petition had been signed by 26,279 people at last count.

When an alleged domestic violence victim makes a false accusation, the criminal justice system suffers as well as the defendant. The way many domestic violence laws are set up now, an alleged victim’s word is taken without question. The man or woman accused of domestic violence has no voice in the matter until several weeks later.

Until a full hearing on a protective order or restraining order petition or a trial for the domestic violence charge, there is no chance for the person accused of the crime to give the court his or her side of events. An initial order of protection is set up, the person accused is arrested and may have to post bond, and he or she might not even get to see his or her children.

In most cases, a permanent protection order is granted. Even if the man or woman is able to prove that he or she is innocent at trial, the damage to his or her reputation has already been done. He or she might not have been awarded child custody in a divorce simply because of the accusations, a job may be lost and it’s likely he or she had to move.

At The Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. & Associates LLC, we understand how false accusation of abuse can destroy a person’s life. We are experienced in handling domestic violence cases, including hearings for protective orders. We protect the rights of our clients, working to disprove allegations and get their lives back on track with minimal damage to their reputations.

To learn more about domestic violence defense, please visit our webpage on the topic.

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