(ThyBlackMan.com) False accusations have the potential to do more than just cause feelings of upset and anger. Being falsely accused can have devastating consequences when brought against a person in a court of law. Whether the case is domestic, civil, or criminal, false accusations, if believed, can cause someone to lose their home and family in divorce/child custody/ domestic violence matters, their job in a number of scenarios, and they may even end up incarcerated for several years in criminal cases. If an individual is unaware of their rights or how to defend themselves when they’ve been falsely accused, then the results can cause them to lose everything.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing false accusations in a matter that may have legal ramifications, the most important step to take is to choose an experienced attorney who will discover the truth and present it to the court. There are steps that you can take to defend yourself against false accusations as well. You need to be aware of how you must conduct yourself so as not to make the situation even worse. A seasoned lawyer such as those found at Chudnovsky Law will discuss with you the actions you must take while they uncover the facts and prepare to successfully defend you in court. These steps may include:
Remain Composed and in Control
It’s easy to become upset when you’ve been falsely accused of something, especially if the accusations are of a particularly disturbing nature. No matter how terrible the accusations may be, it is of the utmost importance that you remain calm at all times and do not attempt to retaliate or take matters into your own hands. Doing so could ultimately end up causing you to lose your case, even though the accusations levied against you are untrue.
Collect Any Evidence You Have
While your attorney works to gather any evidence that will require the assistance of legal counsel to obtain, you can help your case by keeping detailed notes on anything that happens that may impact your case in your favor (threats, communications, etc. from the opposite party or someone representing them, for example). Write down specific details of anything you remember that involves the situation in question. While the burden of proof is on your accuser, the more specific details that you have record of will certainly make it easier to cast doubt on their accusations and shed light on the truth. It will also give your attorney more ammunition to use in preparing your case.
Expose Your Accuser’s Lack of Credibility
In most cases, your accuser is someone you know and have fallen out of favor with for whatever reason. This means that you’ll likely have a good deal of knowledge about them personally. Think about any instances you may be aware of in which they were less than honest. The more significant and verifiable the example, the better. Do they have a criminal record? Do they have an ulterior motive, something to gain by lying on you? Do they have a grudge against you and may be looking to retaliate? All of these points can be exposed in court by your attorney as your accuser is questioned on the witness stand.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are being falsely accused and facing court proceedings, then you will want to obtain the best legal representation you can find. Under no circumstances should you do anything to strike back at your accuser(s). Stay calm, keep meticulous notes on any events or contact no matter how insignificant they may seem, and search your memory for any information you may have that will prove to the judge and/or jury that your accuser is not an honest, credible person. Your attorney will build a solid case in your favor and your accusers will face justice.
Staff Writer; Peter Barker