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North Carolina sheriff's sergeant accused of domestic violence

Allegations of some crimes can be particularly damaging to a person's career. Whether the person is convicted of a crime often doesn't matter once the public is made aware of the accusations. Domestic violence is a prime example. If someone is accused of abusing another person, very often the full story doesn't come to light, leaving those who have heard about an incident to fill in the missing details on their own.

A patrol sergeant for the sheriff's department of Rutherford County, North Carolina, is currently on administrative leave following a reported incident involving his girlfriend. Deputies were called to his home last Friday afternoon after his girlfriend called 911. She told dispatchers she had been thrown to the floor and beaten. No further details on the incident were available.

The Sheriff's Department has launched an internal investigation into the allegations. The sheriff said the results of that investigation will be turned over to the state Bureau of Investigation to determine whether further action should be taken.

Although the 37-year-old sergeant hasn't been charged with a crime, the incident has reached the media, and the public is now left to ponder the missing details and make their own assumptions about what happened. Whether or not the Sheriff's Department or the SBI formally charges or disciplines the sergeant, he risks being scrutinized by the people he's been hired to serve.

But you don't have to be a public safety officer or other public figure to face this scrutiny. If you've been accused of domestic violence, your career and personal reputation could be at risk whether or not you're guilty. You may need the services of an attorney experienced in the defense of domestic violence cases to ensure you get a fair trial and are protected from undue damage.

Source: WLOS.com, "Domestic violence allegations against mountain lawman," Jan. 24, 2012

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