H. Michael Steinberg has over 32 years experience practicing Colorado criminal law. Mr. Steinberg strives to stay current with the ever changing aspects of criminal law issues and updates resulting in his extensive knowledge of successful criminal defense as well as appellate work. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations.
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Minor Domestic Violence Cases Overwhelms Topeka Kansas Courts – They Stop Prosecuting Them!

Overwhelmed by hundreds of “minor” domestic violence cases, nearly half of Shawnee County’s misdemeanors are domestic battery cases… the county has said enough.

Domestic abuse prosecutions had increased over the last three years with no additional funding.

Here is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to “political correctness.”

I have either prosecuted or defended Colorado Domestic Violence cases for over 28 years. Back when they were treated like all other cases – (where law enforcement was allowed to decide which cases needed to be prosecuted and which cases should result in mediation and detoxification ) — the police and the courts could cope.

Today – in Colorado and across the United States – as a result of powerful feminist influence over state and local legislatures – mandatory arrest policies and no drop policies are clogging the courts with unnecessary prosecutions — and most often – the “alleged victims” of these cases do NOT WANT government in their and their families’ lives.

In the city of Topeka — which had a misdemeanor domestic battery law – they could no longer afford to prosecute these cases.

So – guess what — the City Council members rescinded the domestic battery law.

Now the cases are prosecuted soley in the Kansas state courts under state domestic battery laws.

Of course — the cry of the feminist lobbyists was heard far and wide.

“I absolutely do not understand it,” said Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the Star’s report. “It’s really outrageous that they’re playing with family safety to see who blinks first. People could die while they’re waiting to straighten this out.”

In these times of budget cuts and limited government resources — I am hopeful that Colorado governmental agencies will follow Topeka’s lead and restore the decision to arrest in these cases to those in the best position to exercise that discretion — the cop on the beat .. who is – as Dennis Hybert puts it on The Unit — the man on the ground. H. Michael