There is no doubt that domestic violence is a serious issue in Maryland and throughout the country. However, not everyone who is accused of domestic assault is guilty. As some people may know from firsthand experience, police take any accusation of domestic violence very seriouly, often arresting someone at the scene. But such quick action often leaves room for flaws in a case.
In the beginning, domestic violence arrests often rely on a he-sad-she-said scenario. Police often arrest an alleged abuser in an effort to keep a potential victim safe, but relying on one person's account of a situation as evidence will not always hold up. Fortunately, individuals accused of domestic violence are afforded the right to defend themselves in court.
One Maryland man is likely considering this option after he was arrested this morning for domestic assault. The man supposedly caused minor injuries another man when they got into a fight and then fled the scene. Police caught up to him when he crashed his car, however, and arrested him for domestic assault. The say the man may have been looking for his girlfriend when he got into a fight with the other man.
Now, the 41-year-old man is facing serious criminal charges. The first thing anyone in this situation should do is ensure that they fully understand their rights and options. Most basically, everyone who is accused of a crime has the right to an attorney and the right to remain silent. By utilizing those basic rights immediately, a defendant can ensure he or she is prepared to face the charges in court, should that be necessary.
Source: Capital Gazette, "Man flees scene of domestic assault in Pasadena, strikes pole with car," Ben Weathers, May 30, 2013