My parents want me to write a letter to the judge stating that the false allegations are not true. How do I write the letter?
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I assume you are the defendant and therefore you should not send any letter without discussing it with your lawyer first.
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We have a process for determining issues of fact, that involves lawyers, formal sworn documents being exchanged and hearings where there are witnesses that can be cross-examined. Usually, a party or interested person cannot simply contact the judge in writing or on the phone, even if they copy the other parties (to not do that is a major faux paus called an "ex parte" contact and can result in sanctions or admonitions from the Court).
In most cases, submitting a letter to the Court will just result in the Clerk returning it to the author with a note that the letter is improper and was not read by the Court.
In certain instances involving false allegations of child abuse or neglect, they will be investigated by the County Child Protective Services and if they are determined to be based on "false allegations", the CPS will write a letter saying the charges were "unfounded" and the investigation has been closed.
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