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How to Handle False Accusations of Child Abuse

California criminal defense lawyer

Many people consider child abuse to be one of the most heinous crimes a person can commit. Of course, not everyone who is accused of abusing a child is actually guilty of this act. Unfortunately, vengeful ex-spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, and others may accuse a person of child abuse in order to “get even” or gain some other benefit. Being accused of harming a child can be devastating for the wrongly accused. If you have been accused of child abuse by a spouse, former spouse, former significant other, family member, or someone else, read on to learn about how to protect yourself.

Do Not React with Violence or Confront Your Accuser

It is a terrible thing to do, but sometimes a person will accuse another of a crime simply to evoke a reaction. A person may bring allegations of abuse against someone in order to get him or her to react violently or threaten them. Even people who know their allegations will be found false can accuse someone of child abuse in order to get them to retaliate or respond in a negative way. This is why it is critical that you do not confront a person who has accused you of abuse or domestic violence. Even a well-meaning and non-threatening response can be misconstrued by your accuser and used against you. The best thing to do when you find out about false accusations of abuse is to obtain help from a criminal defense attorney.

Take Steps to Prove Your Credibility During Court Proceedings

If you have been accused of child abuse, you may be required to testify in court. During this time, it is very important that you demonstrate your trustworthiness and credibility. With help from a skilled California criminal defense attorney, you may prove your reliability and disprove your accusers accusations through character witness statements, passing a lie detector test or psychological evaluation, and verifying your testimony with witnesses. Furthermore, you can demonstrate your character to the court by remaining cooperative and composed during proceedings and making sure your testimony is consistent. With the help from qualified legal counsel, you may also be able to expose contradictions and inconsistencies in the case being made against you.

Contact a San Jose, California Criminal Defense Attorney

Being falsely accused of a crime can be one of the worst experiences a person can endure. If you are facing allegations of child abuse, contact a Santa Clara child abuse defense lawyer for the legal advice you need.  Call 408-277­-0377 to schedule your initial, completely confidential, consultation with Wesley Schroeder, Attorney at Law today.

Source:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&division=&title=1.&part=4.&chapter=2.&article=2.5