A former Colorado Springs police officer admitted that she had fabricated allegations of domestic assault in order to have an ex-boyfriend jailed. The boyfriend in question had served six months in jail, faced two separate jury trials and had been fired from his job - presumably due to the false allegations.
When a person faces a criminal charge, it is important that they understand their rights. Convictions for some crimes might result in consequences that exceed that of time spent in jail or a fine. Depending on the crime that a person is convicted of, they might face complications with their employment, have troubles maintaining child custody and if a bill that recently passed the Colorado legislature is signed into law, people convicted of domestic violence charges could lose firearm rights.
An article about sexual assault and domestic violence allegations at an Ivy League college out east presents a bleak picture of what sometimes occurs on our college campuses. However, it also tells a story about how false reports of these crimes can sometimes interfere with the abilities of officials and institutions to deal with the circumstances.
Domestic violence is a crime generally associated with male partners is a relationship, but occasionally women can be charged with the crime as well. In a nationally publicized story, domestic violence and assault charges were recently dismissed against a woman that was accused of punching and biting a former college football star, Maurice Clarett.
A bill is making its way through the Colorado legislature that would provide compensation for individuals that have been wrongfully convicted of crimes. This proposal would allow those deemed to have been wrongfully convicted to collect up to $60,000 annually for each year that they were in prison.
Domestic violence is no doubt a major concern in our society, but so are false allegations of domestic violence and assault. In one recent incident of claimed domestic violence, the police dropped charges against the accused man after the man's girlfriend changed her story as to how the domestic violence supposedly came about.
There have been a variety of programs created throughout the country to assist veterans that are struggling with various drug abuse or alcohol dependency issues. The goal of special courts for these veterans that are popping up throughout the United States is in part an effort to try to get veterans into treatment instead of jail.
A government official was charged regarding a domestic dispute situation, but the charges have since been dropped. The simple assault and harassment charges against the 33-year old man were dropped after the purported victim refused to testify at a preliminary hearing.
Claimed increases in domestic violence during recent years may be due to this simply being more reported than it was in the past. More domestic violence being reported does not necessarily mean that there is more domestic violence occurring.
Possibly the most difficult area of law revolves around accusations of domestic violence and abuse. It's impossible to condone domestic violence, but at the same time individuals accused of such behavior are entitled to a defense.