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3 ways to defend yourself against domestic violence charges

Not all domestic violence cases are the same, and even though men are often assumed to be the offender, it's okay to make sure your attorney and the courts know it was your wife who actually attacked you. There can sometimes be an unfair bias toward seeing women as a weaker sex, but that doesn't mean they can't be the attacker in a situation like yours. Here are a few ways you can move forward and defend yourself.

Self-defense claims help clear your name

The first thing you need to do is show that you only lashed out in self-defense. Striking someone to prevent injury to yourself or your children puts the situation in a different light. If you have cameras or recordings of what happened, bring this evidence to your attorney.

Unintentional act claims help dismiss cases

Another thing you have the option to do is to claim that any injuries you caused were unintentional. Your wife was attacking you, so you blocked an attack and accidentally struck her. That isn't the same as violently attacking someone and making her a victim.

Argue that no attack occurred

It's also fair to argue that you did not touch your wife at all during the attack. Some people have gone as far as to injure themselves to make it look like they were injured by someone else, but with the right science, it's possible to show that you couldn't have caused those injuries. For example, bruising left at an awkward angle on a woman's back might show fingerprints, but if your hand doesn't twist that direction or can't hit the angle, the evidence would not prove you harmed her.

Defend yourself with these or other methods in court so your story becomes clear. Evidence supports your claims, as can witness testimonies and other kinds of support .

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