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As California Expands Domestic Violence Protections, How To Respond to False Allegations?

OKABE & HAUSHALTER Jun 15, 2020 Domestic Violence

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, and with so many people recently being under stay at home orders, there have been significant changes to most individuals’ normal way of life. As a result, this has caused an increase in reports and claims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, many people do live with truly abusive people. However, we recognize that every case requires investigation. With a ride in reports of domestic violence, false allegations have been made in certain situations. Inevitably, some of these allegations are false. How are you supposed to respond if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence?

What Domestic Violence Protections Have Been Expanded?

According to a recent Sacramento news article, Governor Gavin Newsom recently decided to provide additional funding towards the support of victims of domestic violence, while also increasing the opportunity for “Text 911.”
Governor Newsom has also indicated his intentions on providing the service to every public safety answering point throughout California. As a result, this would enable 911 dispatchers to communicate with the caller if there was a disconnection with the call. The Governor has said about the strategy that “Text 911 is a critical tool that will help keep all Californians safe, including victims of domestic violence.”

The Governor’s office has additionally stated that the state is working with the Women’s Foundation of California in order to support organizations focused on domestic violence or gender by raising funds and the state’s economic recovery plan. There have also been greater numbers of reports of domestic violence in California as a result of the stay-at-home orders from the pandemic, according to the Governor’s Office.

New partnerships with the state and certain companies would additionally provide transportation and accommodations to victims of domestic violence without charge.

What Is The Effect Of A False Allegation?

Regardless of the decisions in place to support the victims of domestic violence, there are some instances in which an allegation is falsely made in a domestic violence dispute. It could be the case that a person who was defending themselves from violence being accused of domestic battery. In some instances, people are falsely accused of domestic violence so one party can gain an upper in a child custody dispute.

However, a false accusation of domestic violence can lead to significant consequences. An individual can be convicted of various charges, which can result in situations including:

  • Penalties monetarily, such as fines
  • Loss of any firearms owned and the ability to ever own a firearm
  • The filing of protective orders
  • Serving time in jail
  • Being involved in a mandatory program for batterers

If you are accused of domestic violence, it is also vital to speak to Los Angeles domestic violence attorney before speaking to any prosecutors or law enforcement who can use anything you say against you. An attorney will also establish an effective defense for you against the prosecution’s case.

We Are Ready To Assist Your Case

If allegations of domestic violence have been made against you or somebody you know, seek help from an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney working on your case is vital in these situations. At Okabe & Haushalter, we will thoroughly investigate your case and work on your behalf in order to reduce charges or have them dismissed entirely.

When you need a Los Angeles domestic violence attorney defense, you can contact us today by clicking here for a free consultation or by calling us at 310-430-7799.