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Colorado city councilman resigns after alleged domestic violence

When someone is accused of domestic violence, they might be overwhelmed with emotions and nervous about the legal process. Sometimes these accusations can result in a person having to spend time apart from their loved one, and might even cause difficult situations at a person's place of employment.

A Grand Junction City Councilman was arrested in April for accusations of domestic violence. He has now resigned from his position on the city council, in a move that might end his public career. When someone is in a public position, their personal and professional lives might blur.

Accusations of domestic violence can have an emotional impact on all of those involved. Many times these incidents are a misunderstanding of a situation, which then results in police being called. Despite police not being there, they might still assume a person committed a crime and arrest them.

While it is important in cases of domestic violence to be sensitive of the situation, it is equally important that a person who is accused of a serious crime has an opportunity to defend themselves. This defense might include analyzing evidence that might be used against a person and looking at how the person was treated during their arrest. Sometimes police mistreat individuals, or say or do things that violate their rights. Any violation in a person's rights might result in their wrongful conviction. This can lead to time in prison or severe fines. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help prevent a wrongful conviction and the penalties that might go with a conviction.

Source: The Associated Press, "Grand Junction council to discuss replacement," July 23, 2013

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