Finding yourself falsely accused of a crime is a harrowing experience. When the accusation is made for malicious reasons, rather than being an innocent mistake, it is important not only to appoint a solicitor with extensive experience in this area to challenge the accusation but to get advice and guidance on how else to go about setting the record straight.
Why People Make False Allegations
In a high percentage of cases, false allegations are the result of a mistake or misunderstanding. This is often the case where child abuse is being alleged, where emotions run high and people are concerned about protecting children. Sadly, other accusations are not so innocent and can be due to people deliberately trying to inflict hurt on the accused, seeking revenge or even trying to achieve financial gain.
Types of False Allegation
False allegations occur in relation to all kinds of crimes but there are three rough definitions of what constitutes a false allegation:
- Allegations that are completely false where the events described did not occur
- Where the events described did occur but were not committed by the accused
- Where some events did occur and others did not
Accusers who make false allegations made under any of these circumstances can be prosecuted.
How to Bring a Prosecution Against Someone who has Falsely Accused You
There are a number of ways to bring charges against someone who has falsely accused you of a crime. If you were arrested for this crime, you can go to the police to press charges against the accuser for wasting police time or, more seriously, perverting the course of justice, depending on the circumstances.
If the accuser lied in court, it may be possible to bring about charges of perjury. In cases where someone has either spoken or written something about you that would cause others to have a lower opinion of you, it may be possible to bring a case of defamation against them. It may also be possible to bring a charge of harassment against an accuser who keeps contacting you or others with their accusations. In all of these instances, a solicitor can advise you on the best course of action.
At Edward Hayes, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with cases of false accusation. Speak to us immediately if you have been falsely accused and wish to bring charges against your accuser.
If you are based in the South East of England, call 0800 085 9684 for immediate advice. If you are in another part of the country, call 0845 602 3043. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.