“Domestic Violence” is a new class of crime. It has become a cottage industry for law enforcement and it can trap the innocent.
You should understand that for decades police and prosecutors felt played fools by those who cried “domestic abuse”. Time after time, police were called to the scene of an argument or all-out fight between spouses or boyfriend-girlfriend. But then when the police arrived, the partners often turned on the police together to battle or oppose the police. Too often, the complaining party changed (her) mind the next day and “did not want to prosecute”.
For years, that was the end of it, until the next fight, when the same thing happened again. The complaining party simply used the police and prosecutorial system to break up the fight but protected their partner from any prosecution.
Law Enforcement “Takes Revenge” for past decades of
Cries of “Domestic Abuse”
Now, the system has taken over the prosecution. No more does the complaining party have the power to “file charges” or even to decide whether to move forward in prosecution. That power is now in the hands of the prosecution, and the complaining party is a mere witness who will be subpoenaed to testify, even against their will. And once handed a subpoena to appear, complaining witnesses have been cited for contempt of court for failing to appear.
Questionable Prosecutions Paid For By Federal Money
Now that federal money flows into the coffers of law enforcement to finance such prosecutions, this prosecution will go forward despite the wishes of anyone else. Now the police are much more aggressive in arresting and bringing charges, in discovering “wounds” to the “victim”. Physical marks which the “victim” swears are simply red marks that have nothing to do with their domestic abuse encounter (e.g., allergy red marks), the police confidently swear are squeeze marks or choke marks.
Finding physical evidence of abuse is critical, as the police well know, because, in order to make the arrest upon someone for such crime which the police did not actually witness, the police must first observe a “recent physical injury” to the alleged victim. The police are looking hard for such evidence, else they cannot justify their arrest.
Police and Prosecutors Seek Convictions to Advance Their Ambitions
Once the arrest takes place, the parties (defendant and alleged victim) are surprised that this process cannot be called to a halt. The parties seem sure that if someone will just listen, the charges will be dropped. But this is not so. The prosecution is moving forward, and the prosecution is looking at jail time to enforce its will. The prosecution takes the worst possible interpretation on every fact and implication.
Public Disagreements Turn into Legal Nightmares for the Innocent
Time and again, I have been contacted by a husband and wife who are startled that their wishes do not matter at all in the prosecution’s going forward to punish what the husband and wife consider their personal disagreement.
One such example involved a couple (I’ll call John and Jill–not their real names) in a store who were disagreeing about a purchase in a language other than English. Jill thought the item was on sale but the clerk didn’t agree and since the supposed savings was a minuscule amount, John took the wife’s arm and urged her to leave because they were running late for other commitments. The store personnel called the police and that started the legal nightmare that seemed like a “train out of control” for the innocent couple.
What seemed like an minor disagreement to John and Jill turned into a situation where John could be sent to prison. Imagine their horror and disbelief at this predicament.
Unfortunately, occurrences like this are not widely reported and the general public does not realize such injustice can occur to anyone. This is a prime example of how important it is to seek the best criminal defense lawyer you can for a domestic violence case, even if it appears, on the surface, to the accused, to be merely a misunderstanding that should be quickly cleared up.
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with that kind of offense I urge you to visit my web site at http://www.edmondgeary.com to discover how to protect your rights and get the right attorney for your case.