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How to Handle Being Wrongfully Accused
By crossroad, eHow Member
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Instructions

  1. Remain calm and do not get irate or upset with the individual who is making false accusations. If it is a loved one that you are dealing with, try to determine what is making them think that you have done what you are being accused of. It may stem from their lack of trust or your recent actions that were perceived in the wrong way. If someone is accusing you of doing something illegal, remain silent, document what is being told to you, and seek legal counsel immediately.
     

  2. Provide your loved one with factual information or proof that their accusations are wrong. Determine if their accusations are based on their own irrational thinking. If you are being accused of something illegal you should also provide your attorney  with as much information as possible regarding the circumstances of the situation, and your innocence and whereabouts on the day the incident or situation took place.
     

  3. Give your accuser time and space to cool off if he is over reacting, using irrational thinking, and refuses to listen to you. Ask yourself if this is the first time this person has acted out like this and falsely accused you, or if their actions are consistent behavioral patterns in your relationship that need to be addressed with a professional neutral party.
     

  4. Identify and use credible witnesses who can speak on your behalf regarding the situation. When dealing with a false criminal accusation, you will also want persons that know you to write positive letters on your behalf regarding your character and the type of person you are. These letters can be from the people you work with, neighbors, family, friends and church members.
     

  5. Seek out a support system or talk with a private counselor who can help you deal with your own emotions and anger about being falsely accused. Talk with people who have been in the same circumstances who can provide insight on how to handle the situation as well as a source of comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

Tips & Warnings

  • People in relationships who frequently falsely accuse their spouses or significant others for no reason are usually insecure people or are doing dishonest things themselves.

  • If and when you are continuously accused by your spouse or significant other for no apparent reason, you may want to consider getting out of the relationship.

  • Never talk to the police without having legal counsel present, even if and when you are innocent, the police will use information that you provide against you. It doesn't seem fair, but the truth can actually hurt you when used against you.

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