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Common Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges: What You Need to Know

Domestic violence is a serious crime, no matter how you look at it. The laws are complex and there’s little to no tolerance from law enforcement when it comes to punishing those accused. Even if you’re not guilty, being accused of domestic violence can completely reshape your future.

While being charged with domestic violence can seem like the end of the world, there are things that can be done to protect your future moving forward. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most successful domestic violence defense strategies.

Defending False Accusations

There has been a large increase in the number of false domestic violence reports filed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. If you’ve been falsely accused, there are steps you can take to fight the charges, including:

  • Proving that your partner had a reason to falsely accuse you. Common reasons include divorce, infidelity, and ongoing child custody battles.
  • Showing that your partner’s story is inconsistent.


Another common situation where domestic violence charges stem from is from acting out of self-defense. If you can prove that your significant other struck first and you were acting out of self-defense or to defend your child, your charges could be dropped.

Additionally, if you can prove that your partner has a history of abuse, you’re much more likely to have your charges dropped.

Lack of Evidence

Unlike many other crimes, individuals charged with domestic violence are often “guilty until proven innocent”. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that can be done to show your innocence.

If the accuser cannot provide sufficient evidence to support their statements, you could have your charges dropped.

An experienced Florida criminal defense attorney can help you put together a plan to cast doubt on the evidence put forward by your accuser, which will give you the best chance of fighting your charges.

If you’ve been arrested on domestic violence charges, our team here at Monroe & King is here to help. Call us today (904) 474-3115 to discuss your situation over the phone.