A former California state assemblyman has denied allegations of child endangerment and other crimes after he was arrested on March 12. The man, who was arrested under suspicion of domestic violence, said he has been unfairly accused. Although officers cannot release information about the victim, the defendant claims that he knows the complainant is his wife, and he said she lied about the incident. So far, no formal charges have been filed in the incident.
The man explained that he was the only person at the home when officers came to confront him that Wednesday. He believes the woman may have told authorities that he pushed her or ran into her with his body. That, said the former state official, is simply not the case. The man told news outlets that the truth will emerge in the case, and he will be shown as the victim.
This is not the first time that the man has been accused of physical altercations with his wife. In 2010, a delivery professional called officers to report an argument. The man conceded that he had been arguing with the woman in that case, but he characterized the disagreement as purely verbal. Charges were never filed in that case because there was not enough evidence.
Criminal defendants who are facing allegations of family violence still have rights in court. An arrest for domestic assault charges does not always lead to a domestic violence conviction. A California criminal defense attorney may be able to protect victims' rights in court, providing them with additional information about the penalties associated with their alleged crimes. Defendants' lives do not have to be ruined because of baseless domestic violence allegations.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Ex-Assemblyman Chris Norby denies alleged abuse: 'I'm the victim'" Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel, Mar. 13, 2014