On June 19, 2013 in Scott County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson negotiated a plea deal whereby very serious charges of gross misdemeanor 911 interference and domestic assault would be dismissed, and his client pled guilty to charges of disorderly conduct. Furthermore, the deal would allow him to keep a completely clean record so long as he abided by the terms of probation. This allowed him to keep his job in city government, which would have been lost upon a conviction for any crime.
Mr. Peterson’s client was accused of assaulting his wife by picking her up and throwing her on the bed. He was also accused of grabbing the phone from her when she attempted to call 911. Mr. Peterson dove into the case and immediately started investigating the truth of those allegations. He found that the police had largely ignored the alleged victim’s statements that his client had not done anything wrong, and had coerced her into saying things that exaggerated the incident. Mr. Peterson took these facts to the prosecutor, who also ignored the truth. However, Mr. Peterson aggressively forced the matter to trial, at which point the prosecutor caved to his demands. He negotiated a plea deal that dismissed the original charges, and allowed his client to plead guilty to far less serious charges of disorderly conduct under a stay of adjudication. Under this plea, even those disorderly conduct charges would be dismissed after completion of probation.
If you are facing a domestic assault, the stakes are extremely high. You should aggressively investigate all the evidence against you, as the facts don’t always add up. Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge that will help you get the best result in your case.
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