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Domestic violence claim leads to firing of Texas police chief

Romantic relationships are often complex. Even people who love each other very much can experience conflict. While stressful, this conflict rarely results in violence. Despite this, a police chief in Texas was recently fired from his position after he became the subject of domestic violence allegations.

The incident that led to the man's termination reportedly happened on a day in late December. The man faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a misdemeanor. Reports regarding the incident are vague, leaving many of the details unclear. However, the town's city manager claims that the arrest was a violation of the police chief's contract, resulting in his termination. He had previously been suspended from his position of chief following unrelated allegations of conflicts of interest and inappropriate workplace conduct.

Even the man's exact relationship to the alleged victim is unclear. The probable cause statement lists the woman as the former chief's common-law wife; however, a representative for the man claims she was his girlfriend. The district attorney has not responded to claims that information in the probable cause statement is factually inaccurate.

Reports indicate that the woman who was allegedly injured in the domestic violence incident is not interested in the man being prosecuted, but the prosecutor is unsure how the case will proceed. Unfortunately, even those who have some legal experience may feel uncertain about the best course of action following an arrest. To ensure that they have the necessary information to make informed decisions, many people facing criminal charges in Texas turn to an experienced criminal defense attorney for guidance.

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