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Former California AG's wife may focus on criminal defense

Last week, one woman was arrested following an alleged domestic dispute. The woman, Nadia Lockyer, wife of former California attorney general Bill Lockyer, was arrested when authorities determined she may have committed misdemeanor spousal abuse. Should the district attorney choose to file charges, the woman may find herself preparing a criminal defense. 

The woman was arrested Thursday, July 6 and was later released on bail. Her charges are related to an incident in which a 911 caller allegedly claimed that an intoxicated woman was screaming and throwing things. Police arrived and made an arrest on scene, which happened to be the couple's vacation home. Deputies reported a supposed blood alcohol limit of .22, which is several times the legal limit for driving; the media report, however, lacked details about the reason for the BAC testing. They also determined that the husband had allegedly suffered a minor injury, though no other details were given. 

The woman previously made headlines when she married the attorney general, who is many times her senior. Reports of prior substance abuse also surfaced for the woman, who was also previously a public official, working as a county supervisor. At the time of her arrest, three children were present -- a teenage boy and toddler twins. 

No formal charges have been filed at this time, but the district attorney has the right to press domestic violence charges for the incident. In the case of criminal charges, Ms. Lockyer will likely be preparing a criminal defense. In California, individuals facing domestic violence charges or charges for other crimes have the right to an attorney. An aggressive criminal defense attorney can build a strong defense against any criminal charges to prevent penalties and conviction. 

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Nadia Lockyer, wife of former California attorney general, is arrested in domestic dispute", July 7, 2017

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