A 39-year-old Montgomery County man has been behind bars since Sept. 12 after being arrested for domestic assault. He is accused of punching his girlfriend and knocking her unconscious. A judge reviewed the case on Oct. 8 in Lansdale District Court and ordered the man to stand trial on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.
The man's wife claims that she was assaulted after returning home from a night out at about 2:30 a.m. The woman says that the man was extremely irate and slapped and punched her. She told police that the blow rendered her unconscious, and she woke in the arms of one of her sons who was attempting to protect her from further harm. The woman then drove herself to a local hospital for treatment of abrasions on her left shoulder and a large contusion to her left temple.
Police initially responded to a call from the hospital before driving to the scene of the alleged assault. When they arrived, they found that the man had locked the storm door and secured all entrances to the property. However, they were able to gain entry by using a key to the residence, which had been provided by the woman. The man was found in an upstairs bedroom of the home with three boys. He was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.
An attorney experienced in assault cases may help those accused of domestic violence by seeking a dismissal or reduction of the charges from prosecutors. In many cases, people accused of assault related to domestic violence decide to take a plea bargain, in which they exchange guilty pleas for a lesser sentence. If the accused attends counseling, this might further help mitigate any sentence.
Source: The Reporter, "Lansdale man to stand trial for allegedly assaulting girlfriend", Michael Goldberg , October 09, 2013