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How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

police-abuse-1_180x120-150x113A Panhandle area police officer has been charged with shooting his former girlfriend and dragging her body into the woods, according to a WPTV News Channel 5 article.

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said 43-year-old Mark Alan Bomia was arrested Saturday night and charged with murdering Anna Beach. According to an arrest report, Bomia said he went to the victim’s house to talk to her, and she attacked him. The News Herald reported Bomia admitted shooting Beach and removing her clothes and other evidence from the scene.

Autopsy results are pending. Additional details are expected to be released at a press conference Monday.

It’s unclear if Bomia had legal counsel. An e-mail sent to the sheriff’s office was not immediately returned Sunday.

Spousal Disputes

Many domestic violence cases can be resolved without a criminal record if your criminal defense lawyer has you immediately enroll in an anger management program or battery intervention program (BIP) and refrain from harmful contact with the victim. This can result in the charge being dismissed or “nolle prosed” without a conviction or a criminal record.

If you tell a criminal defense lawyer you did not commit the crime, he or she will fight the charge aggressively. Your defense lawyer can investigate the case, take depositions, and get medical records, police reports, CAD reports (which is the information generated between the 911 and the police officer) and the 911 call recordings to find out if this evidence supports the charges.

Charges of spousal abuse and domestic violence are often made because there is a pending divorce or child custody matter. In these cases, your criminal defense lawyer can set a trial date knowing that either the victim will not show up or can use the evidence from our investigation to impeach the victim.

Being proactive in a domestic violence case can often make the difference between facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge and having the charge dismissed.

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