2 common reasons for false allegations of domestic violence

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Domestic violence allegations are quite serious, and you can be slapped with charges based on very thin evidence or an officer’s questionable on-the-spot judgment call.

Unfortunately, false allegations are too common. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is important that you begin work on your defense right away. And part of this involves understanding your accuser’s motives. 

Here are two common reasons why people make false domestic violence claims:

To gain an upper hand in a divorce or child custody case

A domestic violence claim can greatly impact the outcome of a child custody case, and some people think it will give them an upper hand during property negotiations in a divorce. 

As such, it is not unusual for an estranged spouse to trump up false claims of domestic violence in order to portray the other party in a bad light or just force them out of the family home.

Mental instability and drug or alcohol abuse

It is not uncommon for a person with a mental condition to say or do things they do not mean – or they may even believe what they are saying about you to the authorities. Delusional disorders and drug and alcohol use can all contribute to their skewed perceptions. 

You could have a verbal argument and – before you know it – the police may be knocking on your door in search of answers. Consequently, you might end up being taken to the station for questioning. 

Being accused of domestic violence can greatly hurt your reputation and put your freedom at stake. If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, it is in your best interest that you understand your accuser’s motives.