The stigma of domestic violence is quite real and quite impactful. It can cause the loss of home, job, family and friends. This is so because the societal knee jerk reaction is to conclude that someone accused of this type of crime is short-tempered, erratic and even possibly out of control.
But what if a person is falsely accused of domestic violence? What if the allegations are made up or exaggerated? How does the person overcome the taint to his reputation? Can he overcome the slander?
Sadly, a case out of Tennessee shows exactly how one falsely accused of DV can be grossly mischaracterized. The case involved a man who was put in prison for two years over false domestic violence allegations that he threatened his wife with a gun. Despite continuous efforts to prove his innocence, those in power refused to believe his side of the story.
Eventually after spending a year behind bars, the man’s wife came clean and admitted to the false allegation. She was herself convicted of perjury, but even though the charges against the man were dropped, he remained in prison for another entire year. In fact, it wasn’t until a Nashville prosecutor notified the Tennessee Board of Parole about the wife’s conviction and the man’s dropped charges that the board began to even review the situation. This finally resulted in the man being released from prison. Sadly, the man said about his situation, “After I get all this squared away, hopefully I get my job, get my kids back, and hopefully, I can open a door for other people that’s in the situation I’m in,”. For a more thorough review of the man’s harrowing story read about it here.
This Tennessee case study is but one example of how things can go so wrong so quickly for someone alleged to have committed a domestic violence related crime. The stigma of domestic violence can be devastating. It can cause the loss of a job, a home, a family and friends, and this is why hiring a stellar Seattle domestic violence attorney is necessary when facing a domestic violence related allegation.
If you (or a loved one) find yourself facing a DV related criminal charge, it is infinitely important to immediately contact and hire a Seattle domestic violence attorney. The Seattle domestic violence attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle domestic violence lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether cited for domestic violence related assault, malicious mischief, property destruction or some other crime, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys immediately at 206.441.0900.