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Domestic Abuse Charges: "Make Sure Your Name is Cleared"

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Sacramento, CA: People who have been wrongly charged with domestic abuse often feel humiliated. Although they know the truth, domestic violence charges are embarrassing and can carry serious penalties. However, people who have been falsely accused of domestic abuse can, and should, fight to clear their name.

According to Vince Imhoff, managing partner of Imhoff & Associates, PC, false domestic abuse accusations can be made for a number of reasons, including disagreements over child custody and property settlement claims. "It is a way to kick the other spouse out," Imhoff says. "People know how to abuse it [domestic violence accusations] and use it as a tool. They can use a false domestic abuse claim to get someone out of the house. Then the accused has to stay away for 24 hours or until the court date.

"There are several things that go on in making a domestic abuse accusation. First, it is easy to make the accusation. Second, the state has an interest in arresting people for domestic violence because they get federal money per arrest, so they have a vested interest in acting on an accusation that has thin evidence."

Unfortunately, once charges have been filed, domestic violence cases usually go to court. They generally only end either when a jury comes back with a verdict or the accused agrees to a plea agreement. Imhoff says that it is can be difficult for defendants to fight domestic abuse charges. "It takes a lot of gumption for a defendant to want to keep fighting. Often they get worn down by the system or they can't afford to miss more work. It can be expensive for the defendant so they decide to take a plea agreement."

Imhoff says that there are many things to take into account when mounting a domestic violence defense. "We look at corroborating evidence—what other evidence is around," Imhoff says. "We look for physical signs of abuse, see if there has been past abuse. We find out if they are in the midst of a divorce and what the witnesses, if there are any, have to say.

If you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, Imhoff says that you should fight the charges. "It's worthwhile not to give up," Imhoff says. "It's not as bleak as you think it is. It is possible to win and stand up and say, 'This did not happen.' Once you are over the initial shock, stand tall, fight and make sure that your name is cleared."

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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
Juan Marentes
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June 7 I woke up to my future ex wife. Screaming calling me names and accusing me of cheating. But funny thing is. We have been separated for years under the same roof my eon room hers too. But cause of the kids only I had told her I was talking to some one. Even claims she was going to file for divorce on that Monday. Yet she goes in my phone. She admired to my sister that am of knowing I was talking to some one. And made threats to that Perrin that same am. She kept trying to start fight but me having a history with her pushing my buttons her calling the cops and yet they never found me to be violent and or posing threat. My son yelling mom he's not bothering you. Oh and the judge dismissed the restraining order. She said the story was fishy and that I am clearly not posing threat and I need to see my kids that not right for this to be on my record me have to register. Now I was not contesting I just ask for more time with kids. Yet I got a clear hope that I can win. Yet I need help to go all he way they civil sue and make her pay me back all my hard time. It's too many times now. Time to make it clear that she is the real criminal. Pls help. Court on the 9 th

Posted by
Jt
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My x who hates the fact i am happier with out her and though i had a past with dui's and alcohol abuse i have gone to court and taken care of everything this year. Basicly i am on my way to not having any issues in my life court wise. Well she decides to blow up on me as usual the other day by threatening my life because my kid starting to say the word bull sh*t and accuses me! heck he is a kid who knows. then she trespasses on my property! i tell her to get out and she forces herself against the door i use my hand to remove her out of my door way so i can shut it without hurting her and she calls the cops. I thought nothing of it....until they arrest me for domestic violence i mean you got to be kidding me 10years witht the girl not ever have i abused her and now this im just nervous now cause of my record and all i want is to have my son half and half looks like i have a battle ahead of me. did not know that she could threaten me and tresspass on my property and i would go to jail!!! sorry for the misspells im angry

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Equal Justice Foundation, Inc. Member
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Unfortunately, accusations of domestic violence has become the tool of revenge. A spouse or live-in can file against the other claiming domestic violence or fears of it. Unfortunately, many such cases are now being abused as a way to disempower the opponent and get the upper hand in separation and/or divorce proceedings.

Posted by
dorina
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april 27 2011 falsley accused of domestic violence so my x husbans employers aka step mom and dad could cover up they were violating family law codes. wage garnishment. they run a tow yard in lake elsinore so they have a lot to hide. but instead of my x of 4 years defending me and my daughter he used it against me and took my little girl. because of intimidation and abuse of authority i attempted to lower his child support and drop arrears. i had to litterally walk away from my new hospital job and go through criminal court with his parent. now 1 year later im fighting family law because he filed domestic violence against me. i subpeonid the dcss but now i got a letter due to domestic case i cant get the records to show my proof to family law.im so sorry i every married into a corrupt family. one officer took the stand that arrested me but i had a copy of citizen arrest by stepmom and signed by another officer as a witness.im still fighting. i miss my babygirl. i cant fight the whole town and never wanted to. before she threatned my life she should have read my letter that showed i was lowering and dropping arrears so they wouldnt get audited. its been overwhleming and humiliating.but i will stand tall.

Posted by
Brian Watson
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Mine was in 1993 in Monterey CA. It was not true, I tried to get a professional to fight this years later, which I thought was an Attorney called "Criminal Histroy Cleaners". I thought he was an attorney, was I wrong. I want may name cleared as it was completely a bogus charge by an angry girlfriend that threated sucicide every other day. She called, because I was leaving, but that made sure I stayed until I went through the scam counciling that cost me thousands. At the time I could not afford an attorney and others said if I lost I might never see my kids agains. I am still so upset about it, the police railroaded me, I and waited until I some how in their minds admitted to this scam.

Brian Watson

Posted by
Christine
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2 grueling years , lost EVERYTHING...but NEVER gave up. Finally 2 days ago...a NOT GUILTY verdict within 10 minutes. This has been the hardest thing I have ever faced in my life. Now, its time to fix things. To get my life back, I have to sue those who wrongfuly accused me. Its my Daughters Father but I deserve to get my life back, so I need to do what needs to be done. I dont believe in revenge, but, its the only way for me to get my life back. Keep fighting and NEVER give up on what you believe in.

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