Mr. I had gone through a tumultuous breakup with his ex-partner, Ms. O. They had two children together, and on the day of the alleged offence, Mr. I had gone to her house to pick his children up and spend time with them. Though the two did not have an agreeable relationship, they tried to stay courteous for their children. Imagine his surprise when he was arrested the next day, on charges of assault, criminal damage, and witness intimidation. Due to the seriousness of the allegation, Ms. O obtained a non-molestation order, to prevent Mr. I from seeing his children – even though no trial had taken place yet.
After he contacted us to represent him, our criminal defence solicitors immediately conducted their own legal investigation, to get to the heart of the matter. After meticulously analysing the evidence submitted by the prosecution, our assault lawyers spoke to the client and to his friends and family, gathered character statements from those who knew him, and worked with forensic experts to examine CCTV footage from the street. After careful analysis, our defence lawyers discovered that the allegations were entirely false – our client did not even enter Ms. O’s home, and did not speak to her or assault her in any way. Their interactions were limited to her bringing their children to the doorstep, and him taking the children to the car. Furthermore, our client had a friend join him – who witnessed the interaction and corroborated the facts.
Armed with the truth, our defence lawyers submitted overwhelming evidence that pointed to our client’s innocence – including previous allegations that she had made against him that turned out to be false. Faced with the facts, the prosecution had no choice but to drop all assault, witness intimidation and criminal damage charges against him, ensuring that our client did not have to face an unnecessary trial, and was reunited with his children.
When it comes to serious allegations like assault, it is possible to obtain non-molestation orders before guilt has even been proven – which means that a false allegation can take you away from your family, before you have a chance to prove your innocence. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. We’re here to help defend your rights and protect your interests.
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