What NOT to Do When Your Child Falsely Accuses You of Abuse
It can be heart-wrenching to be accused of abuse by a spouse, ex-spouse, family member, or child. There is an inevitable emotional sting when the child you are tasked with providing for and protecting claims that you have done the exact opposite, that you have intentionally hurt them.
If this has happened to you, protect yourself by calling Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP at (214) 301-5007 right away.
Baseless or not, child abuse allegations are no joke. False claims of abuse by children often come at times when there is conflict between parents, such as divorce, separation, or when a parent begins a new romantic relationship. It should be understood that untrue allegations of abuse often come from children who are disturbed or are experiencing a great deal of emotional or psychological turmoil.
However, you must still protect yourself when your child claims you have abused them. This is especially true if you are divorcing or divorced from your child’s other legal parent, as another parent may wish to take away custody of your child or seek an imbalanced parenting arrangement.
Pointers for Handling False Allegations of Abuse from Your Child
If your child claims you have abused them and you know these claims to be untrue, the way you behave in the wake of those claims plays a very important role in preserving an appearance of innocence. Here are a few things to avoid in the aftermath of such accusations:
- Emotional response to the accusations: In case you’re wondering, an angry or emotionally-charged outbursts are not advised, no matter how hurt or upset you may be in the moment, in court, or during legal proceedings regarding custody or parenting arrangements. Do yourself a favor by biting your tongue and ensuring you do not do or say anything that could give your child, your spouse, or anyone else any ammunition against you.
- Unsupervised, one-on-one time: Even if you are not guilty of the abuse your child claims, it is important to be above reproach or suspicion going forward, especially if you are engaged in a custody battle or divorce. Whenever you visit or spend time with your child, it may be wise to have a trusted family member or friend in the mix, in order to provide a reliable witness, should you need it.
- Admitting guilt where there is none: If you are not guilty of child abuse, do not admit guilt. If you claim to be guilty of child abuse just to move things along, it will come back to hurt you. The short-term relief of wrapping up a contentious case will certainly not outweigh the lifelong implications of the child abuse charges you will carry around from that point forward.
- Waiting to get legal help: Though you may not be a criminal, you may be tried like one. Even if you are certain that you are innocent, failing to get proper legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney can be detrimental to your case. As soon as you are accused, take measures to protect yourself and your future as a parent, and do so right away.
Contact a Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away for Help
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we believe in standing up for people like you. We want to make sure you are treated fairly by law enforcement and by the courts in regards to your child’s accusations against you. It is our mission to ensure you are not treated with undue suspicion or harshness by the powers that be, and we intend to work toward getting you the best possible outcome we can in your case.
Hoping for the best won’t get you very far, but one phone call can. Call (214) 301-5007 today or schedule your free case evaluation with a Dallas criminal defense lawyer.