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Prince George County Judge facing criminal penalties


A District of Columbia police officer has been put on house arrest last week by a local Upper Marlboro judge. According to reports, the officer has been accused of trying to kills his wife. While he was released from custody, after posting a $200,000 bond, prosecutors successfully convinced the judge to impose the additional restriction. The man's criminal defense attorney objected to no avail.

According to prosecutors, the man repeatedly hit his wife in the head, threatened her with knives and prevented her from calling 911. Citing the safety of the officer's wife and kids, the judge placed the man on electronic monitoring and ordered him to stay at his parents' home.

Pretrial proceedings like this often have significant effects on the accused. Prosecutors are loathe to let suspects out on bond and will readily seek additional restrictions like house arrest and electronic monitoring. These impositions can have serious consequences on an accused's ability to work before they are even convicted of a crime.

Local Upper Marlboro defense attorneys can help those charged with crimes lessen these pretrial restrictions. From bond hearings to the merits of additional restrictions, defense attorneys can help the accused avoid unnecessary burdens. These proceedings can then turn into successful plea negotiations and a reduction in penalties.

Those accused with a crime are encouraged to contact a local defense attorney early on in the process. These local legal experts can get things off to a good start so the prosecutorial system does not unfairly take advantage of those charged with crimes.

Source: CBS DC, "House Arrest for Officer Charged in Attack on Wife," Jan. 24, 2014

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