Blogs from August, 2013

Fresno’s city manager released a statement this week announcing that he has accepted Fresno fire chief Rob Brown’s resignation. Brown’s voluntary resignation follows an alleged incident on June 12th in which Brown attacked his wife and choked a family member. Brown now faces five felonies and one misdemeanor charge for the incident and is currently out on a $50,000 bail.

According to authorities, the alleged domestic violence incident began when Brown struck his wife, knocking her to the ground, and then began choking a family member. The handling authorities reportedly used pepper spray to subdue Brown and take him into custody. He is currently on paid administrative leave and his attorney has no comment.

Fresno Domestic Violence

According to Fresno State University’s most recent statistics, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women between fifteen and forty-four, more than car accidents and muggings combined. The following are more statistics provided by FSU:

–          There were nearly 8,000 calls to local law enforcement regarding domestic violence within Fresno County for the previous year

–          Fresno County has more domestic violence arrests than any other county in California.

–          One in three women within Fresno County is reportedly sexually or physically assaulted by a man at some point in their lifetime.

Those who violate domestic violence laws in Fresno County can expect to receive harsh punishments for their offenses. These criminal charges stay on a person’s record making it difficult to find work, take advantage of housing opportunities, and avoid costly fines and penalties. In Brown’s case, he is facing five felonies and one misdemeanor. With a domestic violence charge combined with what may be attempted murder and assault and battery, Brown may be facing several years in prison.

Domestic Violence Defense

Those who commit domestic violence may be able to take advantage of sentencing programs that avoid jail, but most counties impose a minimum 30-day jail sentence. Those facing criminal charges for domestic violence are encouraged to contact a skilled domestic violence attorney and take advantage of a free confidential case evaluation. Many criminal attorneys will provide first-time callers with a free consultation that can help get you or your loved one on the right track.