There are some crimes where the victims tend to be women, like domestic violence or sex crimes. But because women are usually the victims of these crimes, domestic violence stereotypes start to arise and some people start to believe the only perpetrators can be men. But that’s simply not true. Just like a minority could be charged with a hate crime against a white male, a woman can be charged with domestic violence for assaulting her partner. The recent arrest of Heather Locklear for domestic violence is a perfect example of how domestic violence stereotypes aren’t always true.
Heather Locklear: Domestic Violence Offender
The Melrose Place star was arrested recently after police responded to a domestic violence call at the actresses house. They found sufficient evidence to arrest her after finding Ms. Locklear to be physically combative with the officers, which is proof that domestic violence stereotypes are often wrong. She was then charged with both domestic violence and three counts of battery against an officer and has since been released on bail.
It is worth noting that no matter what the specifics of the case, the district attorney will almost always move forward with domestic violence cases even if the victim does not want to press charges, so it does not matter if Locklear’s boyfriend thinks things are overblown or finds the situation embarrassing, she will still face charges for her behavior.
Heather Locklear’s Domestic Violence Charges
Luckily for Ms. Locklear, domestic violence charges can be filed as misdemeanor or felony charges. With the right attorney on her side, she may be able to get a few of the battery charges dropped and have the domestic violence charge reduced to a misdemeanor. Even so, because she already has a DUI on her record and is facing so many charges related to her violent behavior, she may spend a little time behind bars and she will likely lose her right to possess firearms for the next ten years.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, whether or not your case fits or defies domestic violence stereotypes, Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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