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Sheriff's department to investigate domestic abuse claims

Many people in New Jersey may sometimes feel that the law only applies to a select few. In particular, some may believe that members of law enforcement agencies themselves are not as liable to be charged with crimes and may act in such a manner as to indicate their belief that they are above the law. This, however, is simply not true. The law applies equally to all persons in New Jersey and it is very possible for a police officer or member of a sheriff's department to face criminal charges.

The Mercer County Sheriff is said to have recently made a public statemount about this very topic. The statement discussed specifically how some sheriff department members have been accused of different forms of domestic violence. He insisted that all such allegations would be thoroughly investigated by the department and appropriate authorities. Last fall in November, an officer in Hamilton was arrested for allegedly causing reckless bodily injury to a woman. The incident was said to have taken place at his home but it is not known if the woman was his wife, girlfriend or someone else.

More recently, a sheriff's officer from Mercer County was accused of domestic assault. No other details of his case are known but the man has been placed on suspension from his job duties and will not be paid during the investigation period.

New Jersey residents who are accused of domestic abuse crimes may find it useful to learn about their defense options by talking with an attorney.

Source: NJ.com, "Mercer sheriff's officer suspended after arrest," Kevin Shea, May 9, 2017

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