Domestic violence charges should always be taken seriously, especially when they involve physical assault. Unfortunately, those accused of domestic violence are not always guilty. A prime example of how false accusations arise took place in Florida recently. Congressman Alan Grayson was recently accused by his soon-to-be ex-wife for domestic violence after he visited her home. Grayson has a reputation for being disliked by some and was described by one author as “perhaps one of the most obnoxious Democrats in the House.” Regardless of their reputation, everyone deserves a fair domestic violence trial.
First Coast News reports that Grayson and his wife Lolita are in the process of divorcing. When he returned to their marital home in order to collect some personal items and visit his children a conflict arose. The following Monday Lolita reported to the police station stating that her husband should be arrested for domestic violence as he pushed her forcefully during the visit and the act resulted in bruising. After investigation, police found that the incident was videotaped and witnessed by several people. The video shows Lolita as the aggressor. Grayson's actions were only in self-defense and police found no reason to charge him with a crime.
Sadly, there are many situations where false domestic violence charges occur and this case shows some examples of this. Some individuals may accuse assault in order to gain the upper hand during a divorce. In other situations, a victim may be the one facing domestic violence charges after using force to defend themselves or their children.
If you have been accused of domestic violence in Washington, defense options are possible. Even if you have had a history of violence or domestic issues, you're still entitled to fair treatment, contact a Seattle domestic violence defense attorney today to find out more about your options.