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Man faced with criminal charges following domestic dispute

What might seem like a normal fight between a couple could easily escalate into a serious ordeal. The disagreement could easily get out of hand, causing one or both individuals to take things too far. Although couples may fight from time to time, there are some events that should not occur in a dispute. When violence or threats of violence take place, one could face criminal charges stemming from a domestic assault.

According to a recent report, law enforcement officers in Iowa arrested a man for intimidation with a weapon and aggravated domestic abuse. Court documents revealed that the incident happened in Sioux City during the late night hours. Supposedly, the 37-year-old man pointed a gun at his girlfriend's head. He allegedly pulled the trigger three times; however, the gun did not fire.

The man has a previous felony conviction, therefore he is not allowed to own a gun. When authorities were alerted of the incident, he was not present at his home but rather found at a different location. In the residence where he was discovered by police, he supposedly tossed a gun in the doorway of the home while police were present on the premises. He was later arrested for aggravated domestic assault, felon in possession of a firearm and intimidation with a weapon.

Domestic disputes could lead to numerous charges. Because of this, those accused should understand their rights and how they can best assert a defense. The penalties that follow a conviction could be harsh, making it vital to consider defense options that might reduce or eliminate them.

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