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Washington man faces criminal charges for abusing girlfriend

While minor bouts of disagreement may be commonplace in a relationship, if these arguments progress to physical harm, the abused victim must seek help. Domestic violence cases in Washington State unfortunately do occur and this kind of abuse affects both men and women. In order to prevent domestic violence, laws were created to protect the victim and harshly punish the person who caused physical or emotional harm to the victim.

In Washington State, a 36-year-old man was arrested on domestic violence charges after his girlfriend secretly gave a note to a gas station attendant, stating that she and her daughter were being threatened and abused by her partner. The gas station attendant reported what he had read on the note to law enforcement and the latter quickly responded by tracking the car.

Authorities then questioned the woman who told them that her boyfriend threatened her child and that he had assaulted her with a baseball bat, burned her with cigarettes and stabbed her after she attempted to escape.

Police found that the person in question was a registered sex offender who had been arrested previously for weapon, kidnapping and sexual assault. The defendant is currently facing harassment and assault charges. The defendant's bail was set at half a million dollars.

Society is quick to judge when it comes to domestic violence cases. Often the accused is already judged guilty of the crime without benefit of a court trial. Sometimes domestic violence accusations are part of a person's strategy to damage the reputation of the alleged abusive party during a split. One way for a defendant to protect his or her rights is by crafting a criminal defense. Conducting further investigation could uncover evidence that could lead to some or all of the evidence against the defendant becoming inadmissible.

Anyone accused of a crime is entitled to a defense. It is important that a defendant is knowledgeable of their charges so they can devise a strong defense strategy. Seeking guidance and assistance could help the defendant reduce or drop the charges against them while also protecting their rights and interests.

Source: Nydailynews.com, "Woman escapes violent boyfriend by slipping note to gas station clerk," Philip Caulfield, May 21, 2014

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