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Split verdict in New Jersey assault and attempted murder case

It has been said that there is a thin line between love and hate. Both are extreme emotions that can cause extreme behavior, especially when jealousy is involved. It can cause a person to act without thinking about the consequences of their actions. Such irrational behavior can even be considered criminal in instances where there it can be proven that there is intent to cause harm to another person.

Criminal charges were brought against an Arlington man who had a fight with his girlfriend about a text message from an old boyfriend. He was charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder; recently, he was cleared of the attempted murder charges but convicted of the aggravated assault charges. The judge was not convinced that the man actually intended to kill the woman during rough sex; he did feel that the man intended to cause bodily injury however. The woman, who testified that she lost consciousness, does not remember getting dressed before driving to the police station. Once there, she reported that the man repeatedly bit her and choked her with the strap from a duffel bag while having make-up sex. At one point, she claimed that the man threatened to kill her. The man’s defense attorney countered that the bite marks did not break the skin and the woman frequently initiated fights after having sex. The judge did not feel that there was sufficient evidence to convict the man of attempted murder.

Those who are accused of committing violent crimes of passion may want to speak with an attorney regarding the best defense strategy. The evidence often comes down to one person’s word against another. An attorney can help disprove allegations that may be false, cast reasonable doubt by analyzing the facts and help to minimize the long term consequences.

Source: Cliffviewpilot.com, North Arlington rough sex verdict: Guilty of aggravated assault, death threats, not attempted murder,”

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