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Domestic violence charges against community leader dropped

Domestic violence accusations can happen to anybody, even prominent members of the community. In a recent example of this, the president of the North Brevard NAACP was recently charged with felony domestic battery with strangulation. Fortunately for the accused man, the charges were subsequently dropped by the State Attorney's Office at the request of the alleged victim.

The 65-year-old community leader was arrested at his home after an alleged altercation with his wife. But his wife later took a class for victims of domestic violence which is designed to educate them about the risks of staying in an abusive relationship, and about resources available for victims. After she completed the class, she signed an affidavit requesting that the state drop the charge against her husband.

Domestic violence accusations can have a devastating effect on an individual's reputation in the community. In addition to the serious consequences that result from a domestic violence conviction, alleged victims often apply for and get a restraining order which can deny the accused access to their homes and their children. A restraining order can be granted after only one alleged incident. Once the restraining order is on a person's record, it can have lifelong consequences. The subject of a restraining order can be barred from owning a firearm, and it can have adverse effects on a person's immigration status. For these reasons, if the allegations are false it is critical to defend against them vigorously.

Domestic violence charges are not limited to husbands and wives; anyone living with another person can be charged. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide counsel and representation to those facing these accusations.

Source: Florida Today, "State drops domestic violence charges against North Brevard NAACP leader," July 19, 2013

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