Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What do you think?

Domestic violence and assault seems to come from out of nowhere. You are having an argument with your spouse and suddenly, it just gets out of hand. The police are called, and you find yourself in jail, charged with domestic assault. Often these cases arise during the course of a divorce when tensions are already high and tempers can flare without warning.
These charges are not to be taken lightly, however. Generally, you will be charged with a misdemeanor assault unless you use a deadly weapon or cause serious injuries such as broken bones. However, even in situations where you were charged and convicted of a misdemeanor, a second domestic assault charge can now be charged as a felony under Texas law. This is true even if the second charge is based on nothing more than a hard slap or pushing your spouse down. Therefore, you need to take any domestic assault charge seriously even if it is your first.
At Gioffredi & Associates Dallas, TX

STAFFORD, Va. — A woman convicted of a felony for throwing a cup of ice into a car that cut her off in traffic was sentenced to probation instead of prison, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Jessica Hall faced between two and five years in prison after she was convicted last month of maliciously throwing a missile — the cup of ice — into an occupied vehicle. No one was injured in the incident last summer.


codepoke February 21, 2007 at 5:50 PM  

Wow. Opposite cases, and both equally horrid.

That lawyers might making a living teaching men how to exercise the murder in their hearts, outside of any justice, is beyond evil. But, yeah, by all means, let's go after an impulse reaction with both barrels.

Lori February 23, 2007 at 12:12 PM  

Whew...that's a tough question. A bunch of us were talking the other night about justice vs. we hope for mercy for ourselves, but justice for the other guy.

I hope, given my own propensity to do things on impulse - I'd extend the same mercy I'd hope for to someone else.

Heck, I've thrown way worse things than cups of ice!

Patchouli February 24, 2007 at 8:05 AM  

Yeah, CP, that's what I was thinking. And lori, justice vs. mercy is an ongoing debate around here...

Kansas Bob February 24, 2007 at 9:32 AM  

Our problems, in part, have their root in wanting justice via a legal system that is governed by weak and flawed people - many of whom have a legal but not moral perspective.

Lynne February 25, 2007 at 12:04 AM  

This, comparatively, is injustice. We're talking, in comparing these 2 cases, about intention, we're talking damage done (or possibly could be done by such an action) we're talking about the violation of relationship. I guess the bottom line is that I see throwing a cup of ice as a misdemeanour (or whatever the correct legal term is), I see any level of domestic violence as a crime, and any man who thinks it's acceptable to push a woman around at all to make her do what he wants needs serious re-education