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Many individuals are shocked when they are arrested for domestic violence, as from their perspective, they were acting in self-defense. Our team at Law Offices of Randy Collins is here to explain more about this complicated situation.

The Self-Defense Defense

One of the most common defenses used in domestic violence cases is self-defense. The defendant can argue that the individual who called the police or otherwise made claims of abuse was actually the aggressor of the incident.

This may be proven using key evidence like:

  • Proof of defensive injuries on the defendant
    • Bruises or lacerations on the forearms or palms
  • Conflicting reports from the alleged victim
    • The story changes from the day of the altercation to future hearings or trial
  • The police report
    • The police do not note strong evidence against the defendant, or the police find evidence of the victim acting violently
  • Proof of ulterior motives that the alleged victim has for accusing the defendant of being violent
    • For example, if the alleged victim and defendant are going through a contentious divorce

The Importance of Clearing Your Name

Few things are as stressful as facing criminal charges, especially so when the accusations made against you are not true. It’s important that you do everything in your power to prove your innocence, as a domestic violence conviction can affect numerous aspects of your life and future. A domestic violence conviction on your record may make people less likely to hire you, rent a home to you, or trust you in future relationships. This is especially troublesome if you know that you acted in self-defense at the time of the incident, but need to prove it.

Working with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney is the best thing you can do to fight for your freedom after an unwarranted arrest.

Orange County Domestic Violence Defense

Unfortunately, the first person to call the police during a domestic dispute is automatically seen as the innocent party. However, our team at Law Offices of Randy Collins has seen it all and we know that that is definitely not always the case. Our defense attorneys are ready to help you fight your domestic violence charges and ultimately prove that you were the victim of the situation. Call us today at (844) 285-9559 to get started on your defense.