Saying the accusations against Newport Beach city attorney David Hunt could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, Orange County has opted not to charge the city official with Orange County spousal abuse, according to a recent report in the Orange County Register.
After the announcement was made earlier this month Hunt issued an apology both for the March incident that led to his arrest and for “the difficulties that this situation has caused the City Council.” Newport Beach’s mayor later announced that Hunt was returning to work.
Hunt was taken into custody in March after his teenage son called police to report an altercation between his parents. During the call the boy indicated that Hunt pushed both his wife and the couple’s other teenage son. Hunt was arrested and charged with suspicion of felony spousal battery. After an investigation, however, the Orange County DA’s office concluded that Orange County domestic violence charges would not stand up in court. A spokeswoman for the office noted that to get a conviction prosecutors must show the accused “willfully” engaged in violence against another person. “The evidence we got both at the scene and afterward did not support that,” the spokeswoman said, according to the Register.
Domestic violence remains a serious problem here in Orange County, and elsewhere in California, and such cases can often be among the most complex matters an Orange County family law attorney can litigate. Because of the seriousness of domestic violence allegations seeking legal help is always prudent – whether you believe you have been the victim of abuse, or the victim of a false accusation. Either situation can have a tremendous and immediate impact on your life, and calls for the advice of an Orange County domestic violence lawyer.
An experienced Newport Beach or Costa Mesa domestic abuse and family law attorney can offer invaluable assistance as you consider your options during what is certain to be a difficult and emotional period for you and your family.
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