Domestic violence charges in Miami lodged against veteran police officer

A police officer has been charged with domestic violence in Miami after an alleged incident at his house, NBC Miami reported. The 47-year-old police officer is charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and was held in Broward County jail.

The sergeant with the Miami-Dade police department was arrested over the weekend. Why police were called to his Southwest Ranches home has not been released, despite the fact it is routinely released in other domestic cases. The police department has said it will have no comment. The officer is being held on $27,500 bail. Consulting with a Miami criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after a domestic violence allegation is the best course of action to protect your rights.

Such charges can be particular devastating for members of law enforcement, as a conviction can leave them unable to own or carry a firearm and can effectively end a law enforcement career. The domestic violence law is meant to protect family members from being victimized. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most abused laws on the books, often leaving a husband and father to suffer severe consequences because of false or exaggerated allegations.

Allegations or convictions frequently impact your relationships with friends, family and co-workers. And a domestic violence case can negatively impact child custody, divorce or visitation proceedings. Restraining orders can even prevent you from returning home or visiting your children.

In this case, the Miami New Times reports the officer was arrested by Broward sheriff’s deputies. He is facing three domestic violence-related charges, including two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent and one charge of battery or domestic violence relating to touching or striking the victim.

Local television news reports that several neighbors were questioned when police responded to the home. He has been ordered to stay at least 500 foot from the unnamed victim.