Charges of domestic violence can impact people of all ages, income levels and walks of life. Earlier this month, Don McLean, the singer/songwriter best known for the iconic hit "American Pie," was arrested on Jan. 18 for assault.
State laws regarding the possession and purchase of firearms and ammunition by people convicted of domestic violence crimes vary. Under federal law, these things are prohibited. Further, federal law mandates that those convicted of domestic violence surrender all firearms currently in their possession.
Although the year-end holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and giving, for many people they're anything but that. With kids home from school, spouses off of work and extended family visiting, the togetherness can get overwhelming.
Being accused of domestic violence is very serious. It can even lead to a wide variety of criminal charges, such as physical assault, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. In addition to possible criminal penalties, a domestic violence incident can result in a protection order between you and your family members. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should seek legal advice right away to protect your rights.
Family violence has been the subject of media attention nationally over how professional sports leagues have handled allegations and criminal charges against players. A recent arrest in Kentucky seems to make it clear that the state police are taking accusations of bodily injury by victims of domestic violence quite seriously.
If the recently-concluded holiday season was a time for peace and goodwill, it seems that the spirit of the season has had a limited shelf life as the month of January draws toward a close.
Sometimes before a divorce or a legal separation occurs, it is preceded by rising tensions between the spouses or partners specifically, or within the family in general. Occasionally, these tensions rise to the level of emotional abuse or threatening statements and behaviors; and in worst-case situations, animosities can boil over into overt physical violence.
In many criminal cases, the ability to negotiate the charges for less serious penalties can be the key to decreasing or even avoiding prison time. In the high-profile case involving professional football star Adrian Peterson, a plea agreement avoided a possible sentence of two years in prison.
It is sadly the case that it often takes a tragedy or scandal to bring attention to a cause or light that has been affecting people for years without the wider media asking questions and demanding answers.