Government Official Protects Career From Domestic Violence Conviction

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Due to a usually very chaotic environment, when authorities are called to a situation involving claims of domestic violence, police officers can sometimes misunderstand the circumstances and innocent people can find themselves charged. When this happens, it is critical that you consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, who can navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system and work to set things right. Recently, a high-ranking government official became embroiled in a heated argument with his wife after the couple spent the night out drinking. The police were eventually called to their home and when they noticed the woman had suffered some injuries, they charged the husband with domestic violence. While this misdemeanor offense would be a lot for anyone to address, this man’s troubles were amplified because of his position. Specifically, any criminal conviction would assuredly result in the end of his career, at a time when he was very close to retirement. In an effort to protect his reputation, his criminal record, and in turn his livelihood, he reached out to the legal professionals with Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA to go over his options.

Despite his wife’s desire to forgo charges, the state decided to proceed, but once he was retained, Ohio defense attorney Troy Wisehart discussed the case with the prosecutor, who offered to amend the charges to a less severe disorderly conduct offense. However, since this would also constitute a criminal conviction, his client would still be in danger of losing his job and decided to fight the domestic violence charges at trial. In the courtroom, attorney Wisehart argued on behalf of his client that his wife’s recollection was inaccurate because she was very intoxicated. Furthermore, he noted that she was the aggressor in their disagreement, resulting in his client physically restraining her, and inadvertently caused her injuries. Attorney Wisehart presented numerous witnesses that testified that she was very inebriated as well as impugned the responding police officers’ testimony regarding the statements that the alleged victim made on the night in question, revealing that both officers’ testimony directly contradicted each other. Ultimately, after a three-day trial, the jury issued a not-guilty verdict and his client was relieved to have this burden lifted, effectively preserving his unblemished criminal record and his career.

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