How the media can affect criminal law and punishment – Chris Brown and Rihanna

brown2If you’ve recently seen any of the celebrity news shows (TMZ, inside edition…), daytime talk shows (Oprah, Tyra, Dr. Phil) or even mainstream news, then you’ve certainly have heard about the Chris Brown and Rihanna incident.  Because of their incident, domestic violence has been a hot topic all over the tv, radio, and newspapers.  Victims of domestic violence, counselors, and tv personalities are all over the media talking about the effects and issues related to it.  This has caused many of the law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judges to give extra scrutiny to each case for fear of something happening on their watch.  They don’t want to have an incident happen where a victim is hurt or gets killed because of something they did not do.  This fear is understandable but it can sometimes have an adverse effect on you if you get charged. 

Recently I have had several clients come to my office that have been charged with domestic violence.  The arrests in those cases have been very questionable, probably in part to the media coverage of the issue. 

When the police come out to investigate a domestic violence issue, they almost always make an arrest and it’s usually to cover themselves.  They don’t want to be on the news taking the blame for not doing anything and having someone get hurt.  So they make the arrest, a lot of the time of the wrong person, and move on to the next call.  After you are arrested, the prosecution will start handling your case the next day!  They are in the same position, don’t want negative publicity, so they get started right away, and it’s usually to advise the Judge on how much the bond should be.  This is why it’s important to call me immediately.  I am a Tampa criminal defense attorney and former domestic violence prosecutor.  I know what the Judge and prosecutor need to hear to keep your bond as low as possible or request that the Judge release you without even having to pay a bond and eventually getting your case dismissed.

And by the way, those domestic violence cases I talked about earlier, I got both dismissed.

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Mustafa M. Ameen & Andrew H. Shafii
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