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Why is Domestic Violence Increasing in West Palm Beach?

domesticviolence-1_180x120-1According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, Slobodan Dragic of Suburban West Palm Beach was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly shooting and killing his wife, Jelena Dragic.

The shooting happened at 692 Harth Drive in Suburban West Palm Beach. It was shocking to neighbors like Charles Lowe.

“Anything could happen anywhere, you know what I mean? Who knows what the real story behind it was. Obviously the guy was going through something,” said Lowe.

Dragic apparently shot his wife after an argument. He was caught a short time later at Dreher park by sheriff’s deputies. This is the third domestic violence murder in Palm Beach County in under a week. Even the county victim services division is taken back.

“It just brings to light how vulnerable our domestic violence victims are,” said Sandy Reynolds, senior program coordinator for Palm Beach County’s victim services division.

Friday, October 1st marks the beginning of domestic violence awareness month.

It is important to know your rights when faced with domestic violence charges. With a criminal defense lawyer on your side, you will have a better understanding of the process and potential ramifications of these charges.

What happens if I’m charged with domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand what happens after you’re arrested.

The long term consequences of domestic violence can be very serious. Employers who routinely conduct background checks will most certainly be able to see that you were convicted of a misdemeanor, and would be reluctant to hire you.

Domestic Violence Defense

Many domestic violence cases can be resolved without a criminal record if your 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.

Being proactive in a domestic violence case can often make the difference between facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge and having the charge dismissed. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to help you fight for your freedom.

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