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Florida law enforcement officer facing domestic violence charges

Teachers, lawyers, police officers and other authority figures are people just like everyone else. They make mistakes, and they have arguments with their significant others. When the accusation of domestic violence comes into the picture for a police officer or other authority figure, one might say that a conviction could pose a greater threat to that person's reputation and future earning potential.

A Florida police officer has been accused of harming his fiance recently. Supposedly, she tried to end things, and he did not take it well. According to the victim, he was upset about her text message indicating the end of their relationship, and he had been drinking when he came home that night.

He reportedly entered the bedroom and broke a bedpost. She attempted to leave the room, but he grabbed her in an attempt to prevent her from leaving. They ended up outside, and she once again broke free. She says that he followed her and pushed her inside his truck. Reportedly, the truck encounter was captured on video surveillance, and he is now facing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

Regardless of one's occupation, an accused individual has the right to defend him or herself in a Florida court. During a hearing the prosecution has to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a domestic violence incident occurred in order to obtain a conviction for the charge. In a case in which the evidence is not enough to erase all doubt, a conviction cannot be obtained, and the accused individual maintains his or her freedom. In instances in which there is sufficient evidence, it may be possible to obtain reduced penalties through a plea agreement. 

Source: heraldtribune.com, "North Port Police officer arrested, suspended", Michael Scott Davidson, March 3, 2015

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