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Diplomatic immunity keeps man from facing assault charges

When most people are accused of assault, they end up facing criminal charges in connection with the incident. In some cases, the hands of the authorities are tied when it comes to holding someone accountable for the alleged assault. That situation has recently occurred in Arlington, Virginia, at the home of the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea. Police were called to the residence on North 27th Road at around 9:30 on a Monday night.

In this case, the man was accused of beating his daughter. She suffered from a severe laceration on her head, a swollen eye, and bruising from being allegedly struck with a chair leg, according to CBS DC. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment, which was confirmed by the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea.

Despite the fact that the female's injuries were apparent, her father can't face prosecution for assault charges in the United States because he has full diplomatic immunity. This wasn't the first incident at the home of the ambassador. Police were called there in December of last year.

For most people who are accused of assault, the nightmare begins with an arrest. From there, dealing with the criminal justice system begins taking over their life. While much of what goes on will happen in the court room, accusations of assault can affect other areas of life.

Just as this diplomat had to know his rights when police responded to his home, others who are accused of assault must also know their rights. Even those who don't qualify for diplomatic immunity have the right to defend themselves against any criminal charges placed against them.

Source: The Washington Times, "Diplomat in Virginia won’t be charged for assault on woman: police" Phillip Swarts, Aug. 26, 2014

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