Marvin RiseofthePhoenix Robinson 
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Re: “Railroaded for domestic-violence defendants, El Paso Countys fast track may not always lead to justice

I was arrested and charged with DV as a result of a non violent argument. No hits, no threats, just yelling at each other. The argument was over before the cops arrived and tempers had cooled. The neighbors not knowing who I was had called the police. The cops had not taken my statement nor asked me my side of the story. They spoke with her privately for over an hour before the finally got what they want.. The discovered that during the argument that she felt intimidated by me. That was it, I was arrested. The day I went to court the DA told me if I plead guilty I could be released that day. That i would be required to take mandatory DV classes and at the end of those classes I could be ordered to take another 32 weeks of classes. It was all up to them. I was also told that if I didn't play along that I could receive the maximum sentence of 18 months in jail. The interesting point is that she never wanted to press charges, she petitioned the courts and the DA to no avail. Their system is simply state sponsored extortion!! Yes there are those who are truly guilty of violence but there are far more who honestly do not belong there. You call her a name during an argument then you have committed a crime. She follows you from room to room arguing then she has committed a crime. You take your own phone and destroy it during an argument and a crime has been committed. This is ridiculous. The state is ruining peoples lives. I won my case (thank god) and vow never again to return to Colorado.

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Posted by Marvin RiseofthePhoenix Robinson on 01/31/2013 at 4:43 PM

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