In most domestic violence cases there exists a complaining witness who makes accusations against the accused concerning abuse or threats of abuse. The charges in this case involve a witness who may be making false accusations against you. In order to defend the case and obtain as much leverage as possible with the prosecution it is necessary to obtain as much “impeachment evidence” against the complaining witness as possible. Impeachment evidence is anything that can be introduced to weaken or destroy the person’s credibility. This can be previous instances where the witness has told a lie or committed an act of dishonesty such as stealing or fraud. Any evidence of these kinds of prior bad acts is extremely relevant to the case and can often lead to a dismissal of all charges.
In addition, in cases such as domestic violence, evidence of previous acts of aggression or violent conduct on the part of the witness is also very important. This can be a previous instance where the witness was aggressive toward yourself or some other person, or made threats to someone. In sum, anything that paints the accuser in a bad or embarrassing light would be helpful to know.
Both types of evidence are very helpful and will assist me in defending the case fully. Disclose any of the above types of acts to me as soon as possible. Provide any witnesses that can testify against the accuser along with details of any prior bad act. By giving this evidence to your attorney, he or she can present it in Court to cast doubt on the veracity of the alleged victim’s claims.