Man charged with domestic violence in California

One man in California was recently accused of engaging in domestic violence. His domestic violence arrest took place following a barricade situation at a residence. The barricade ordeal lasted several hours on a Wednesday.

A SWAT unit along with police surrounded the house a little after 3 a.m. Authorities said a 32-year-old man there had reportedly hit his girlfriend. Police believed he had two or more firearms in one bedroom of the house.

The man, who officials believed was alone inside the house, was later arrested at around 10:30 a.m. They were able to take him into custody after officials released tear gas into the house. The battery victim did suffer visible injuries but was deemed to be okay following the incident. Police reported that the man they arrested was on probation at the time of the incident for a weapons violation in one county and for domestic battery in another country.

Domestic violence charges have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, similar to other criminal accusations; otherwise, no conviction can be handed down in California. A person facing these types of charges may contest the allegations at trial, or he or she may opt to take advantage of a plea agreement if given the opportunity. A plea deal may offer the benefit of leading to a reduced sentence that is favorable for the defendant, though the choice to accept such an arrangement remains solely with the defendant. It is within the rights of an accused individual to fight for an outcome that is in his or her own best interests.

Source: abc7.com, "Alleged domestic violence suspect in custody following Corona barricade", Christina Salvo, Oct. 7, 2015

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