Man accused of assault after arguing due to Dr. Phil show topic

A Pennsylvania man was accused of injuring his girlfriend after they argued about about the topic of the "Dr. Phil" show. After the alleged domestic assault, the man was taken into custody and charged with harassment and simple assault.

The couple was involved in a heated discussion about the custody of their young child as well as previous relationships. The victim told law enforcement personnel that they were watching the "Dr. Phil" show together, which was about past relationships. The show sparked the argument between the two. The suspect has admitted to the argument but denies he injured her. However, the woman had injuries that substantiated her accusations. In addition, the police found a vase that was allegedly broken during the altercation.

Domestic violence charges can be emotional for a person accused of the crime. The subject may still be in a relationship with the victim, or the two may have a child in common. In addition to dealing with a wide range of emotions, the accused faces the challenge of sorting through the legal complications of criminal charges.

In these situations, a criminal defense attorney can help. Lawyers will review all aspects of the case and discuss options with clients. A conviction for a domestic violence crime can carry serious personal and professional consequences that can cause permanent damage to a person's reputation and even affect their livelihood. Attorneys will work with law enforcement personnel and prosecutors and attempt to reduce or even dismiss charges to lessen their possible penalties.

Source: Therepublic.com, "Police charge Pa. man with hitting girlfriend during argument about Dr. Phil show on exes," Staff, Nov. 27, 2012

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