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Criminal defense: Prince George's County Officer charged

A Prince George's County police officer is on suspension after being charged with assault, following a domestic situation. According to reports, an unnamed victim was treated a local hospital for minor injuries. The officer was still a probationary employee after only working for the department for less than a year. He will be relieved of his duties pending the results of an internal investigation.

This officer's suspension follows a string of arrest for local law enforcement. If nothing else, these arrests draw attention to the fact that any of us can violate a law at one time or another, even those tasked with upholding it. No matter the individual involved, though, a proper criminal defense is a constitutional right to anyone accused of a crime.

Domestic violence, for instance, is a serious crime that carries with it serious penalties. Especially in the wake of highly publicized domestic disturbances, the public and their elected officials want abusers put away. While domestic violence is anything but tolerable, it is also one of the most misunderstood crimes.

Often times, these crimes have no witnesses other than the victim. Moreover, they often involve factual scenarios far removed from a typical bar fight. Like any criminal case, the goal is to make sure the truth is heard.

Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys have represented local residents charged with any number of crimes. They know how to present a case so that the truth is conveyed. This tactic has helped reduce penalties through plea negotiations that drop more serious charges.

Source: The Republic, "Prince George's officer suspended after being charged with assault," Sept. 15, 2014

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