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Ways to prove innocence in domestic violence cases

Domestic violence accusations are very serious, and many individuals are charged with domestic violence every year in New Jersey. Allegations of domestic violence can result in serious charges against an individual that can impact the rest of his or her life is he or she is convicted. 

Domestic violence charges can result in serving time in prison and strict probation requirements after being released. In addition, individuals convicted of domestic violence have to live with the consequences of having a criminal conviction on their record for the rest of their life. 

Due to the serious nature of domestic violence accusations and the consequences people can face if they are convicted of these charges, it is important for people to know what options are available if they are wrongly accused or charged with domestic violence.

What are the legal options for individuals wrongfully charged with domestic violence in New Jersey? There a few different defenses defendants can use to prove their innocence after being accused of domestic violence. 

In some cases, the defendant charged may be the wrong suspect due to an inaccurate eyewitness account or the victim choosing the wrong suspect in a police lineup. Defendants can prove their innocence by providing an alibi or other evidence showing that he or she was not present during the alleged incident.

Self-defense is a common defense in domestic violence cases. The defendant may be able to claim that he or she was using self-defense to protect themselves or their children. This defense is possible if the defendant can prove they felt threatened and if they did not initiate the physical altercation. 

Some domestic violence charges stem from false accusations. Defense attorneys can prove a defendant's innocence by showing inconsistencies in the accuser's story, especially when comparing the accusations to police reports, medical evidence and eyewitness testimony. 

Individuals facing domestic violence charges should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss their specific cases, and how to prove their innocence. 

Source: FindLaw, "5 Potential Defenses to Domestic Violence," Aditi Mukherji, Oct. 18, 2013

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