Even when accused of a heinous crime, accused persons have certain rights and protections under the criminal justice system in the United States. Because strict penalties may be imposed on lawbreakers, people facing such accusations will need to prepare a strong criminal defense. Recently, a former California city councilman found himself defending against charges of domestic violence, stalking and kidnapping,
The charges stem from an alleged incident in 2015 during which he supposedly met his ex-girlfriend in front of her home. The woman claims that, after midnight, the man abducted, beat and held her against her will. She also says that she was released later. Apparently, she did not report the incident at that time. Rather, she reported it to police when the man allegedly returned two days later to stalk and harass her.
The councilman lost his most recent bid to be re-elected. The councilman is said to have struggled with issues in his past, including ethics violations and intimidation. Recently, the man was convicted of felony kidnapping, domestic violence, and stalking, but was not convicted of a charge of sexual battery.
Some California residents may also find themselves in need of a criminal defense. If a person is accused of a crime, it is their right to secure the service of an experienced criminal defense attorney that will seek to reduce or eliminate the charges by providing the best defense possible given the specific circumstances. A knowledgeable attorney can use his or her skills to help accused persons build a strong defense and fight for a favorable result.
Source: Watsonville, CA Patch, "Former Salinas City Councilman Convicted In Domestic Violence Case", May 25, 2017