According to statistics recently compiled by the Violence Policy Center,
Nevada is still amongst the top 10 states in the country for the most
reports and incidences of domestic violence. Specifically, the data correlated
to the number of females killed by males in the state. On average, there
are around 60,000 reports of domestic violence in the greater metropolitan
Las Vegas area each year. As troubling as this information is upfront,
it can be even more concerning given that Nevada has been on this list
for a decade now.
Lethality Assessment Program
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) has tried to address and
lessen this issue in the past by implementing the Lethality Assessment
Program. While the ultimate goal to protect women from violence is obviously
noble and good, there are two points of controversy in how LVMPD and the
law are conducted these days:
must make an arrest at the scene of a domestic violence disturbance, no matter
how the situation may have calmed since first reported.
- Hearsay evidence – not hard proof or a statement given in court –
is considered admissible evidence in domestic violence criminal cases.
Shedding a Biased Light
The problem with these numbers and these instances of legislation is that
they might be creating oversensitivity within the justice system and a
negative social bias without. Law enforcement officers are itching to
make an arrest – or face their own set of consequences – and
the courts are likely to already presume the accused is guilty because,
according to statistics, he probably already is.
With it getting harder and harder for men to challenge domestic violence
accusations each year, a strong defense requires a Las Vegas criminal
defense attorney who is growing and getting stronger each year as well.
Attorney David R. Fischer of the
Law Office of David R. Fischer is renowned in Las Vegas for his ability to successfully handle sensitive
criminal cases, especially domestic violence cases. He has taken special
care to become a leader in this field of criminal justice through attending
Pepperdine University’s College of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute
Resolution, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution.
For his clients, this means being backed by someone who not only fully
understands delicate legal matters but can also negotiate beneficial deals
and settlements better than most other attorneys can hope to claim.
If you are being accused of domestic violence in Las Vegas, take action
today by working with a highly-respected criminal lawyer from our firm.
Schedule your appointment before the scales of justice tip out of your favor completely.