"When we go on a domestic violence call we never know what we are walking into," explained a Dodge County deputy. "The law allows us to get the victim and the perpetrator to be separated and it protects both of them from the situation escalating further."
Minnesota Law requires that someone who is suspected of domestic violence or breaking an order for protection be held in custody. They are to remain in custody until they can go before a judge or be taken to the police or sheriff's department.
The law also prevents victims from dropping charges or not charging a suspect when there is probable cause for the suspect to be charged.
The laws are written this way to protect not only the victim but the suspect as well, especially when mood-altering chemicals are involved.
According to prosecuting attorney Gary ReMine and court records, in recent years there have been several cases where Sheriff Jim Jensen has ordered the release of suspects in assault and order for protection incidents, rather than following the procedure established by law.
Suspects are then later charged by the county attorney, but in the interval tragedies sometimes happen that might have been avoided had the law been followed.
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