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09 Sep

Common Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges

Posted by David Jones on Sep 09, 2019


When accused of any crime, the right defense strategy can be crucial, domestic violence cases are no different.  Here is a list of the most common defenses for a domestic violence charge, which along with an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help protect you and your rights.

False Accusation

Being falsely accused of domestic violence is not an uncommon thing in the US.  It's reported that about 700,000people are wrongfully arrested for domestic violence each year and that about 1.5 milliontemporary restraining orders issued each year are trivial or false.  Ways to overcome a false accusation include showing motive (presenting reasons the accuser would want you to be convicted and revealing inconsistencies.


Claiming self-defense, arguing that the other person made the first strike and that your physical response was an attempt to defend yourself from that action is another common defense. It can also be used if the accuser was threatening you, your children, or other family members in some way.  Charges may be dropped if you can show motive, a history of violence, or imminent threat to you or a loved one present.

Lack of Evidence

Although there are high stigmas and strong emotions regarding domestic violence, laws still state that you are innocent until proven guilty.  If there is not sufficient evidence to convict you of domestic violence charged may be dropped.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can use this truth to your advantage if evidence is sparse.

An experienced defense attorney can prepare strong cases to defend against domestic violence charges. Jones Law has extensive knowledge and expertise in domestic violence cases.  Let us use our knowledge to defend your rights and freedom.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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