No one should ever have to fear being abused by someone they love and trust. However, accusations of domestic violence are not always accurate and can have a detrimental effect on the life of someone facing such serious charges. Though the judicial system does its best to weigh all of the facts surrounding instances of domestic violence charges, it is imperative that an accused person knows his or her rights and the potential consequences. A man recently charged with assault here in North Carolina may need to consider his strategy for criminal defense.
According to authorities, a woman called 911 on a recent morning, alleging that her boyfriend was holding her against her will. Officers responded quickly and say that the woman was with her two children but that the man she accused was not on the premises. They claim that the woman’s body displayed physical signs of domestic violence. They further allege that the suspect drove by the home while they were still there.
Police say they followed the man, pulling him over and arresting him for assault on a female. They have also charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon and felony probation violation after they say they found a shotgun in his vehicle. He is being held on bond and there is no word yet on an upcoming court date.
No matter what crime a person is charged with here in North Carolina, he or she is presumed innocent until, and only if, proven guilty in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. Everyone is entitled to defend themselves in court against criminal charges. Because domestic violence charges can have such a significant impact upon a person’s life, it is imperative that those accused prioritize their criminal defense strategy, which may mean working with an experienced criminal law attorney.