Domestic battery and violence is a widely-spread problem in many states of the US. In this regard, Minnesota faces considerable problems with domestic battery and domestic violence. At this point, it is possible to refer to the case of Brett Rogers. According to the police report, at 12:35AM Wednesday morning, a neighbor called the Apple Valley, Minnesota Police Department complaining of loud screams and breaking glass. According to the official police report an onlooker saw Rogers punching his wife in the face while she was on the ground. Another neighbor stated Rogers’ wife had blood flowing from her face and mouth. The report said Rogers was striking her until she “blacked out.” She also had a “cauliflower ear look.” (Ngo, 2011)
At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that Brett Rogers was accused of the assault of the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation, pattern of stalking conduct, and endangerment of a child. On the ground of this accusation, Brett Rogers faces considerable risk of being punished and obtain the court sentence, which may vary depending on his defense and the court’s ruling. In this regard, it is worth mentioning the fact that, according to Minnesota laws, Brett Rogers may face the following sentences (Siegel, 2007):
Jail time (up to 1 year for a misdemeanor; longer for felony charges)
A fine (of up to $3000 for a misdemeanor or more for a felony)
Mandated attendance at a domestic violence or anger management counseling program
The loss of a right to own a fire arm
A restraining order precluding any and all contact with the party that the abuse was inflicted upon (A person who has accused you of domestic abuse may obtain this restraining order in a separate proceeding from your criminal conviction.)
In such a way, the punishment would be just because the domestic violence is unacceptable and leads to the negative effects on adults as well as children.
Fagan, Jeffrey (1989). “Cessation of Family Violence: Deterrence and Dissuasion”. Crime and Justice: an Annual Review of Research 11: pp. 377–425.
Ngo, T. (2011). “Dana White Fires Brett Rogers Following Domestic Violence Arrest.” 5 Hound. Retrieved on July 8, 2011 from http://www.5thround.com/80222/dana-white-fires-brett-rogers-following-domestic-violence-arrest/.
Siegel, Larry J. (2003). Criminology, 8th edition. Thomson-Wadsworth. pp. 126–127