A twelve year veteran of the Grand Traverse County Sherriff’s Department is being held in the Leelanau County Jail on $250,000 bond today after an incident over the holiday weekend. According to an earlier report from the Record-Eagle, the 35 year old deputy was named the 2007 employee of the year. The same isn’t likely for 2010.
According to the report, Michigan State Police were called to a domestic disturbance in Acme Township. Upon their arrival they found the defendant face down in the driveway. When troopers told the deputy to stay where he was, things got hairy.
He is accused of approaching Troopers with his county issued pistol out and stating “You’re going to have to kill me.” He then struggled with the arresting officers and choked one of the troopers. When he was finally taken into custody, he had to be treated at the local hospital for abrasions and lacerations.
While there are no details as to the nature of the “domestic” incident, we do know the defendant is facing charges of a domestic nature involving two female family members. In all, he is said to face charges of resisting arrest, possessing a firearm while intoxicated, and two counts of domestic violence.
The charges he faces for domestic violence depend on the actual details of the case. The assault charge against the trooper, however, could get him up to 4 years in prison.
It isn’t rare for one criminal charge to accompany others, particularly when there is alcohol involved. According to all reports, however, this particular defendant had no prior criminal history and now faces several charges.
The domestic violence charges don’t have to be committed against his wife, as several relationship classifications can be considered “domestic” in nature. Even an ex-spouse or roommate can qualify an offense for a “domestic” classification.
If you are facing charges of assault or domestic violence, having an aggressive attorney on your side is crucial. These kinds of charges have the potential to completely alter the course of your life and you are right to be worried.
Contact our criminal law offices today to discuss the details of your case and what options might be available to you.