How Can I Defend Myself Against a False Accusation of Child Abuse?

If someone has falsely accused you of child abuse, it is important to get the truth out and clear your name. An accusation of child abuse is taken seriously in every state. Child abuse can encompass any form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect, or exploitation. Contact our experienced Hartford County criminal defense attorneys for assistance.

What Happens After Being Falsely Accused of Child Abuse?

A thorough investigation will take place after any accusation of child abuse, regardless of where the report came from. Child abuse is unfortunately not an uncommon crime, so it needs to be taken seriously and examined. The court will need to start the process to verify the validity of the claim.

Authorities involved in these investigations can include the judge and court, CPS (Child Protective Services), police, and more. They will conduct a lengthy, time-consuming investigation that delves into your personal life, character, and habits. People in your life including family, friends, coworkers, employers, and neighbors will be questioned. The authorities will be looking to find out more about who you are, your background, parenting tactics, etc.

The child will also be involved in the investigation and will more than likely partake in physical and mental examinations performed by medical professionals.

What is the Best Way to Respond to a False Accusation?

The first thing you will want to do after being falsely accused is procure an attorney. Even though you are innocent and hope the truth will prevail, hiring a lawyer will be your best course of action. Your lawyer will have the experience and knowledge to gather evidence and put together a case to defend you against the false allegations.

It is equally important to cooperate with the investigation. As stated above, the court’s scrutiny will be drawn out and potentially uncomfortable, but be willing to provide them with whatever they need. By complying with the authorities you will show them that you have nothing to hide and your cooperation will allow their research to move forward more efficiently.

Gather evidence that helps boost your credibility in the eyes of the court. Character statements written by friends, family, neighbors, and teachers can go far in proving that you are not an abuser. Your accuser will have little evidence to prove their side, which will benefit you.

You may have to take the stand to tell your side of the story. Be ready and willing to testify in court. Tell the whole truth and remain consistent.

Working with an experienced lawyer will be the best way to prove your innocence and clear your name. They will be able to defend you in court and find inconsistencies in the opposing side’s story.

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