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What to Do If Your Girlfriend Falsely Accuses You of Domestic Violence 

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Plainfield Criminal Defense LawyerWhile domestic violence is a very real concern in households across Illinois, not every allegation of domestic abuse is legitimate. An individual may accuse a romantic partner or family member of abuse to gain leverage in a divorce or child custody case, or out of anger or revenge. If your girlfriend has falsely accused you of domestic violence, make sure you understand your rights and options under Illinois law. Additionally, reach out to a criminal defense lawyer with experience defending clients who have been accused of domestic violence.

Comply with any Orders of Protection

If your girlfriend has accused you of physical abuse, threatening behavior, harassment, or stalking, she may have obtained an Order of Protection (sometimes referred to as a restraining order) against you. This is an official court document that restricts your contact with her, and it may also restrict access to a shared home or prohibit you from spending time with children you have in common. The order will likely require you to stay a certain distance away from her and avoid calling, texting, or emailing her.

The first thing you need to know about protection orders is that violating a protection order is a criminal offense - even if you believe the order was unwarranted. Complying with the protection order and following the provisions contained in the order is one of the best things you can do to avoid worsening your situation.

Tell Your Side of the Story at the Plenary Order of Protection Hearing

You have a Constitutional right to defend yourself against any charges or accusations levied against you. Before a long-term order of protection is issued against you, you will have an opportunity to attend a hearing and tell your side of the story. This is you opportunity to defend yourself and explain why you are not guilty of domestic violence.

Gather Evidence to Support Your Version of Events

You may be facing criminal charges for domestic battery, assault, or other offenses. To effectively defend yourself against your girlfriend’s allegations, you will need to build a defense strategy based on the facts of your case. This may require securing witness statements from any individuals who were present at the time of the incident, or gathering evidence that refutes your girlfriend’s version of events.

Contact our Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been falsely accused of domestic violence in Illinois, contact Reeder & Brown, P.C. for legal help. Our Will County criminal defense attorneys understand that false accusations happen, and we are ready to defend you against the charges you face. Call 815-885-5980 for a free consultation.



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