How to Defend Yourself Against Damaging Legal Claims


The courts and the system of justice which they represent are incredibly crucial in a world in where crimes happen every second of every day. This system protects us and nourishes a society in which we’re able to live peacefully and relatively free from the risk of persecution and maltreatment from those around us. Occasionally, though, we can find ourselves on the wrong side of this system, by being forced to defend against claims that have been made against us that we know to be untrue and unfounded. This article looks at how to defend yourself against just that – offering advice to the wrongly accused.

Find Specialist Lawyers

Your first step is to find the lawyers who’re able to help you work on your case. Whatever you’re accused of, you’ll find capable lawyers who can help you with your case in a non-judgemental and calm space of reflection and patience. Professional solicitors can help you ease the pressure on yourself by pointing to ways in which you can let justice prevail in your case, when you know that you are innocent of the charges brought against you.

There are many types of solicitor. Some deal with accusations of financial crime and bribery. There are historic sexual abuse defence solicitors, too, who can help you with delicate cases. When approaching solicitors, you should be able to:

  • Explain your case, and what your own defence of the accusations is.
  • Be able to fund your legal defence – otherwise, you’ll find yourself having to cancel proceedings prematurely.
  • Describe your actions and accusations in detail, and your relationship to the accuser.
  • Find the time to build your case and work alongside solicitors to allow justice to prevail.

All of these elements will be crucial in helping you build your compelling and water-tight case.

Find Evidence if Possible

When you’re accused of something that you know you are innocent of, your first reaction will be pure confusion. How can this be happening? What have I done to deserve this horrible accusation? These responses are understandable, but the crux of your situation is that you are going to be forced to defend yourself in a court of law – and for that, you need evidence. Start gathering up evidence from sources such as:

  • Friends or family, who can vouch for your location at a certain time and date.
  • Electronic and digital devices that log your location around the clock.
  • Messages from your phone and social media accounts that confirm the above.
  • Documents or other hard evidence that suggests you aren’t guilty of the crime.

Of course, your solicitor will help you find the evidence you need to build a watertight, open-and-shut case for your acquittal.

Remain Calm and Stable

One of the more damaging parts of your legal episode when falsely accused is that fact that your friends, family, and your wider contacts network will be unsure how to treat you. They may wish to side with the accuser, feeling that you are guilty until proven innocent. It’s advised that you fade this background noise out until after your case has been through the courts, instead relying on your nearest and dearest to support you through this difficult time. 

These tips will help you fight your corner in a legal challenge for which you hold no guilt. 


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