Anyone who has ever uttered the phrase “I’ve done nothing wrong, and I don’t have anything to worry about” should know better. The Center for Prosecutor Integrity (CPI) found that 8% of Americans report being falsely accused of abuse-related offenses—sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and other crimes—in a single year.
That is more than 20 million American adults accused of heinous crimes that carry life-changing legal penalties and stigma. As criminal defense attorneys, we see firsthand the harm these allegations can cause if you don’t retain a proven lawyer to clear your name.
High-Profile Cases of False Abuse Allegations Leading to Wrongful Prosecution
The highly publicized defamation trial between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard stemmed from an allegation of physical abuse. The civil defamation trial centered on the allegation that Heard had engineered an abuse hoax to defame Depp. A jury ruled that Heard had defamed Depp, submitting that the allegations of physical abuse against Depp were baseless.
The truth is allegations of abuse can be weapons against the accused. Whether out of spite, financial motivation, or other reasons that are difficult to pinpoint, some accusers think nothing of upending another’s life with a false abuse allegation.
Public figures like Johnny Depp benefit from high-powered lawyers and a generally positive public image. Therefore, the odds may be stacked even higher against a regular Joe or Jane accused of domestic abuse in Indiana.
Those who lack Depp’s financial resources need effective representation to fight false allegations of abuse, so our firm provides that capable defense.
An Effective Criminal Defense Attorney Remains the Only Antidote to False Abuse Allegations
Domestic violence offenses in Indiana can rise to Level 2 Felony status. A conviction could mean up to 30 years in prison and substantial fines. Even a misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction could garner a year-long jail sentence and a stigma you won’t soon shake.
Hiring a proven criminal defense attorney should be your first priority once an allegation of abuse arises. Call Razumich & Associates today at (317) 449-8661 or contact us online using this simple submission form.