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Domestic abuse: facts versus allegations sometimes a slippery slope

There are several fundamental points that can be made concerning domestic violence.

Here's one: It covers a lot of territory. As we note on our criminal law website at the Bay Area-based Law Office of John W. Noonan, domestic abuse allegations can spotlight stalking, harassment (including online activities), assault, battery and additional matters.

And here's another: Sometimes the truth is, well, elusive.

Put another way: Individuals perceived as victims sometimes fabricate stories to achieve certain ends.

The result of that for a wrongly targeted person can obviously be catastrophic. People who suffer criminal convictions in domestic violence matters go to prison. They lose their kids. They sometimes lose their jobs. And they endure an unremitting reputational backlash from the communities in which they live.

That potential renders it imperative for any individual who is falsely accused of domestic violence to enlist the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

A proven lawyer can do much in advocating for a client who is facing domestic abuse charges. For starters, a seasoned advocate will dispassionately and methodically examine all the material evidence featuring in a domestic violence claim.

That can reveal interesting things. It might demonstrate that things simply didn't happen as they were portrayed. There might be physical evidence to support a refutation, as well as third-party eyewitness accounts. Perhaps medical or police records don't readily corroborate what an individual is alleging.

Perhaps, too, an impermissible motive emerges in a "victim's" claim, such as a desire to tarnish a partner to gain custody of children.

The real facts of a matter don't often offer themselves up on a plate the instant a criminal allegation is made.

A proven criminal defense attorney knows that and takes every measure to ensure that a client's case is thoroughly and accurately assessed and, when necessary, argued forcefully before a court.

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