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Football player falsely accused of domestic violence

Domestic abuse is a serious issue that often takes New Jersey victims a long period of time -- and a lot of courage -- to escape. It has taken years for allegations of domestic violence to be taken seriously, and it damages victims' cases every time someone makes false accusations of domestic violence. Fortunately, many jurisdictions are also taking false accusations seriously as well, and this is evidenced by the fact that an out-of-state woman who accused a former football player of abuse was recently arrested for making a false report.

Within days of making claims of abuse against the player, she admitted to lying about the physical altercation. She was then arrested for falsely accusing the former football player. However, her admission came too late for him to keep his position on the team, since he was dismissed the day after the charges were announced.

This incident in Alabama follows another alleged physical altercation in July 2014 involving the same man. The defensive lineman was dismissed from the Georgia team, but then began playing for Alabama prior to this most recent incident. The woman in that case claimed that an argument escalated to the point where she was allegedly punched and choked by her then-boyfriend. That case remains open, and it will be up to the courts to determine the veracity of the woman's claims.

Individuals in New Jersey who are falsely accused of domestic violence could potentially suffer the same adverse consequences as this man. This can be especially problematic in family law cases, such as divorce or child custody matters. In these cases, the first order of business is to prove that the claims of the other party are untrue before proceeding with the issue at hand. However, when the claims are true, legal remedies are available to help protect the victims and their loved ones -- including any children involved.

Source: USA Today, "Ex-Alabama player's accuser recants domestic violence claim", April 1, 2015

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