At their core, domestic assault laws are designed to protect individuals from harm. When disputes between family members of intimate partners become heated or turn physical, domestic assault charges may be filed against the individual who knowingly and intentionally inflicted harm on the other. Unfortunately, false accusations of domestic assault can and do happen. If you have been wrongly accused of domestic assault in Texas, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options for disputing these charges.
False Accusations Happen
It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of a system that’s intended to hold people accountable for their actions. While many domestic assault cases involve an argument or altercation between two family members, spouses, or dating partners that turns physical, there are instances where an individual will falsely claim that their partner physically assaulted them. It’s estimated that false reporting occurs in anywhere from 2 to 10 percent of cases. Unfortunately, even innocent people can be convicted of a domestic assault offense because of a false report.
Accusers Cannot “Take Back” Their False Report
Even if the accuser changes their mind and asks that the criminal charges be dropped against the accused, the case is in the hands of prosecutors. Many prosecutors do not honor these requests for charges to be dropped, as they want to make sure the accuser is not making this request under duress or threat. Instead, prosecutors continue to investigate the case, and the legal process moves forward.
Seek Legal Representation Immediately
As soon as you have been accused of domestic assault, you should contact a trusted criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your situation. Your attorney will ask you to share your version of the events that led to your arrest, and you can start developing an effective legal strategy to have these charges dropped. If that’s not possible, trust that your lawyer will work hard to secure you the best possible outcome given the specifics of your case. While this is certainly an uncertain and stressful time, remember that you are never alone at any point. Your attorney will be at your side, working hard to keep your future bright.
Call the Law Offices of Keith G. Allen, PLLC at (832) 230-0075 today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced Pearland criminal defense attorney.