Amber Marchese, however, defended her husband stating that they were simply involved in some “heavy” PDA and that the charges are “… not only hurtful but damaging personally, emotionally and professionally.” Furthermore, she asserts that she did not file the complaint of domestic violence against her husband.
There have been some dramatic changes in both domestic violence laws and in public attitude toward those accused of domestic violence in recent years. Read further to find out what has changed and how allegations such as these can affect the lives of those falsely accused.
The Pros and Cons Of Changes in Domestic Violence Laws
For example, changes that call on police to take someone into custody whenever they are called to the scene of an alleged incident of domestic violence, regardless of whether or not there is evidence to warrant this, has resulted in a lot of innocent people being arrested.
While the rationale behind this practice may be sound, in many situations, it becomes a race to the phone and the person who makes the call gets their story heard, while the alleged perpetrator is hauled off to jail regardless of what he or she has to say.
Furthermore, an unintended consequence of the change in attitude towards domestic violence and those who commit it is that punishment is not only reserved for those who have been convicted. If you happen to be someone who commands media attention or a celebrity like Mr. Marchese, it is enough for you to be arrested or simply accused of domestic violence in order for you to be vilified in social media and condemned in editorial pieces.
Potential Criminal Charges That Can Result From Allegations Of Domestic Violence
Other potential criminal charges include:
- Simple battery
- Sexual battery
- And more
What makes it even worse are the unique issues that can arise from allegations of domestic violence in terms of:
- Protective orders that can be imposed––the accused can be forced to move out of their home
- The kinds of evidence that can be admitted––the range of evidence that can be admitted in a domestic violence case is far broader than in other types of criminal cases
- The kinds of punishments that can be imposed