Disputes between domestic partners can become heated and emotional. Partners may have a long history together and when they begin to argue, the situation can escalate quickly. Such was the case for one couple following a recent altercation in Baton Rouge.
A 35-year-old woman has been charged with home invasion and domestic abuse by aggravated assault, both felonies, following a dispute with her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, the incident began after the woman became upset that her boyfriend had not answered her phone calls. She then allegedly kicked in the door to his home and the two individuals struggled.
According to the allegations, the woman had a knife in her possession when she rang her boyfriend’s doorbell and then kicked the door in. Subsequently, she allegedly retrieved a Taser from her vehicle, which her boyfriend took from her. The girlfriend contends that her boyfriend became violent with her by punching her in the head, grabbing her by the neck and dragging her outside, and, as the couple’s dispute escalated, the woman allegedly attempted to fend off her boyfriend with a sledgehammer and a crowbar.
Both criminal charges with which this woman has been charged are serious felony offenses and could lead to prison sentences and fines if convicted. The crime of domestic abuse aggravated assault occurs when an individual assaults a family member or household member with a dangerous weapon. The crime of home invasion may occur when a person enters another’s dwelling while that dwelling is occupied without permission with the goal of violence on a person within.
It is important to remember that all Louisianans accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty. This woman may find that the best decision she can make at the present time is to seek a criminal defense attorney to advocate on her behalf.
Source: theadvocate.com, “Baton Rouge woman confronts boyfriend with knife, hammer, crowbar, Taser,” Olivia McClure, Sep. 17, 2016