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Things you need to know about domestic violence charges

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When one partner attempts to take control over the other partner living with him or her by intending to or causing harm, it becomes a case of domestic violence or abuse. In such cases, the person in question has to go to jail. That can be a puzzling experience for anyone. The person can go home only on bail. If he or she is wealthy, paying bond may not seem difficult. Otherwise, they would need a bail bonds company to rescue them from this situation.

Domestic abuse can amount to felony or misdemeanor charges based on the nature of the violence. Vandalism, threats, and domestic battery are some of the examples of felonies. If your loved one is behind the bar on a felony charge, his or her release from jail can be delayed due to a higher bail amount. And they can be taken home only with the help of an expert bail bonds company.

Points to remember when hiring a bail bonds company for domestic violence case

Finding a good agency can be a tiring task, but if you do it right, you will emerge triumphant in your endeavor. Here are some tips that can come in handy in your search.

  • Look for a local company that is easy to access and from where the bond representatives can visit jail with ease.
  • Get details of the customer reviews and ratings about the company services.
  • Analyze the cost you may have to bear for their services. Usually, these companies charge 10% of the bail amount as their fees.

Once you finalize the company and your loved one comes out of jail, you would need to ensure that he or she abides by the court’s restraining orders.

What are these restraining orders?

It is also known as the protection order. When the person is released from jail, and the case has not been concluded yet, he or she has to obey the restraining laws. For example, the suspect may not be allowed to meet the victim or can be asked to maintain distance from him or her. It’s very common in domestic abuse.

Failing to follow restraining orders can prove costly for the defendant. The court can dismiss the bail, and the additional charges for the violation of protection order can be levied. If that happens, the person can land in jail once again. For release, he or she may have to pay the revised bail amount. However, repeat instances of this nature can even lead to no bail.

Hence, to ensure that your friend or family member doesn’t get trapped in such conditions, take help of a qualified bail bonds agency. In Dayton, Ohio, you will get many options. However, if you are in a hurry and don’t have much time to research about them, consider going to Castle Bail Bonds in Dayton Ohio once. They are trusted as well as licensed in this field. For an appointment with them, you can contact their customer service team.

 

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Corroboration Of Evidence

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There is no law where provision is made for the number of witnesses that must testify before a plaintiff or the persecution will succeed in his case. A court can convict on a single witness. A case is not decided by the number of witnesses, single credible convincing evidence is enough to convict. But there are exceptions, such exceptions are circumstances where corroboration is required before a judge can decide his case.
Corroboration is the ground for the amenability of certain evidence for the purpose of conviction and if the corroborating evidence is not the same with the existing evidence an accused cannot be convicted upon such existing evidence. Corroboration simply means confirmation, support. In Ogumbayo V. State (2007) 8 NWLR (Pt 1035) P. 157, the Supreme Court holds per Ogbuagu JSC that “corroboration is not technical term of art and means no more than evidence tending to confirm, support and strengthen other evidence sought to be corroborated”.
Hence corroborative evidence is an independent testimony implicating the accused to the charge and supportive of the testimony requiring corroboration. This corroborative evidence may be the testimony of another witness, or in a piece of real evidence tendered or in the conduct of the accused himself or from what the accused said. Corroboration therefore implies the existence of more than one piece of evidence, in which the corroborative evidence comes in to confirm, ratify, verify or validate the existing evidence coming from another independent witness or witnesses.
Corroboration of evidence is not required exception where the law demands it. Oputa JSC in Onafowakan V. The State (1987) 7 SCNJ @ 233 holds that. “It is trite that the evidence of one solitary credible witness can establish a case beyond reasonable doubt and that it is said that truth is not discovered by a majority vote”. Although a court of law need not take the fact of the number of witnesses per se into account in deciding which side that would succeed, yet the Evidence Act creates some exceptions in relation thereto.
Some of the exceptions are treason and treasonable offence, perjury, an unsworn evidence of a child witness and Breach of Promise to marry. Breach of Promise to marry is perhaps the only instance of civil cause in which corroboration is required as a matter of law for a plaintiff to recover a verdict. Section 197 of the Evidence Act 2011 provides that “no plaintiff in any action for breach of Promise of marriage can recover a verdict, unless his or her testimony is corroborated by some other material evidence in support of such promises….”
Corroboration is an exception created by law and judicial practio, the general rule being that one qualitative evidence is enough to found a conviction.

 

By: Nkechi Bright-Ewere

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Rivers Judiciary Workers’ Welfare Tops Union’s Agenda

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Workers’ welfare and other social benefits  were to top on the agenda of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN),  Rivers State branch, following its election last Friday in Port Harcourt.
The hint came from the electoral committee chairman, Ken Agi as he gave charge to the newly elected executive of the union in River state.
Agi said union leaders must learn how to put the interest of members top, if they must do well as leaders.
He explained that JUSUN was a group made of talented people who are determined to evoke change in the system.
About the peaceful atmosphere witnessed during the election, he said that it was the making of the Chief Justice of the state, Hon Justice Iyayi Lamiankara.
The union’s eleco boss, hinted that the CJ, was interested in workers’ welfare, hence her insistence on quality electoral process devoid of rancour.
The returning officer of the the election,  Comrade Marwan  Adamu,  who corroborated  Agi’s views, said workers’ welfare package must top the agenda of any good executive.
Adamu, the National President of the union, further tasked the new leadership of the union in the state to  shun what he described as divide and rule system.
Declaring the nine -man committee returned as elected, he swore them in for immediate action.
In his victory speech, the chairman of the union,  Comrade Anthony Nwachukwu, assured workers of all inclusive government.
Nwachukwu, stressed that for the sake of the union, there was no victor or vanquished at the poll, and added that the victory belonged to the entire workers.
He therefore, called on his members to   be up and doing in order to promote the interest of the union.
JUSUN is the umbrella body of judiciary workers in the country.

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Human Rights Day: NHRC Urges Youths To Shun Criminality

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has appealed to youths to stay off crimes, but defend their rights for the development of the nation.
The commission made the appeal  yesterday in Lagos as  Nigeria joins the rest of the  world to mark the  2019  International Day for  Human Rights.
The South-West Commander, NHRC, Mr Lucas Koyejo,  speaking with  The Tide source said that many youths were into various crimes.
He urged them to be more active and vocal in promoting whatever concerns the nation saying that no one would step down for them to occupy leadership.
The commander speaking on the theme of this year said that the UN picked it to draw the attention of the youth to their responsibilities and the need for others to support them.
The Tide reports that the UN had set aside Dec.10 of every year as the International Day for Human Rights.
This  year’s theme is: “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.’’
Koyejo said, “The UN knows that the youth are the future leaders of the world.
”Unfortunately, some youths in present day Nigeria are not as proactive as youths of old.
”A lot of our youths are not interested in their rights or government policies that will affect their future.
”The youth need to be interested in governance. That is the difference. Nobody will be discriminated against, because the future belongs to them.
”They must stand up for their rights,” he said.
Also, a human rights lawyer and a Civil Society leader, Mr Malachy Ugwummadu, spoke on the role of the youth in promoting human rights and peace.
He said that Nigerian youths have the population to make the needed positive changes.
Ugwummadu, who described the youth population in Nigeria as a “critical mass” for a change, called on them to be knowledgeable about their rights and the laws of the country.
”We have a law: ‘Not too young to run’. They must know about it and other laws concerning them.
”One major challenge is the division among the youth. They must be united if they want to bring about any positive change.
”They must network across all ages and genders. They should improve on themselves, and collectively take up national issues,’’ he said.
Similarly, Mr Duke Amaliechi, the National Coordinator of Youth for Human Rights International, said that youths had a  great responsibility before them.
He said that was why the UN was advising them to stand up for their fundamental human rights.
Amaliechi said that there were lots of injustices going on in the society.
He  said that the youth should speak out against perceived injustices in the society  and  participate in governance.
He advised them not to become tools of crisis or destabilisation in the hands of politicians.
He said that only those with poor mindsets would collect money from people to kill fellow human beings or cause crises.

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