As more and more people become continuously connected to the internet through social media and live streaming sites, they may find themselves exposed doing things they don't want the world to see. Unfortunately for them, it can be almost impossible to take something back once it has been released to the world wide web. In most cases, nude or embarrassing photos may be making their way across the internet. However, some people may find themselves exposed to criminal prosecution for what they are doing while online.
Users of Twitch, a popular live streaming site, apparently came across possible domestic violence or abuse when they heard what sounded like a man beating a woman as she pleaded with him to stop. Now videos of the incident are making their way around the internet on YouTube, Reddit, and Twitter. However, the problem with websites like Twitch is that they can be used to stage pranks as well as capture possible criminal activity.
The Twitch user by the name JoeDaddy505 is no longer online. The website apparently closed the account for violating terms of service. According to a Jezebel article, Twitch responded to questions about the incident by citing their law enforcement policy: "Twitch reaches out to appropriate law enforcement in cases where there is a credible threat of imminent physical harm or actual harm to others."
However, the audio clips remain active on the internet, shared across many websites and platforms. The almost 6-minute long clip appears to capture an intoxicated man yelling at a woman, calling her derogatory names and accusing her of infidelity. The woman can then be heard screaming for the man to get off her, and threaten to call the police.
The audio clip only provides limited information; however, plenty of online commenters have filled in their own version of the facts. Some users accused the man of rape, and others have made threats of physical violence. Others have apparently listed the real-life name, address and other personal information of the man accused of beating the woman.
The Twitch user was traced to New Mexico, and now law enforcement is investigating the incident. Sheriff's Deputies in Valencia County received an anonymous tip that the man lives in their jurisdiction; however, they have also indicated that the audio recording itself is not enough to charge the man with domestic violence.
In California, domestic violence is a serious criminal offense. It does not only involve spouses or people in a romantic relationship. It can involve roommates, children, relatives, or ex-boyfriends and girlfriends. When police are called to respond to suspected domestic violence, even if no one wants to press charges, the police will likely arrest one or both individuals.
If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic violence, you need the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people facing criminal charges in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands the consequences of a domestic violence conviction, and will make sure you get the justice you deserve. Contact the local East Bay criminal defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.