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Famous climber now faces climb to combat domestic abuse charges

Many have probably heard of the saying about being caught "between a rock and a hard place." Aron Ralston lived through at least one extreme situation of that when he got caught in the rocks while alone on a climbing trip in 2003. Adventure and survival story fans probably know of Ralston, who ultimately broke and amputated part of his own arm to get himself out of the deadly situation.

That story was made famous not just through a book but through a successful movie. The relative fame that Ralston achieved through his bravery, however, likely won't make a difference in the serious situation he is in now. It is a legal problem rather than a life-threatening one. No Swiss Army knife will get him out of the fray.

Denver police arrested Ralston and his girlfriend on suspicion of committing domestic assault against each other over the weekend. Authorities currently allege that both parties were physically violent during an argument, an argument that reportedly took place in front of their child.

The father of the famous adventure-seeker is speaking out about the assault arrest and claims that overall, Ralston and his girlfriend have a good relationship. He argues that Ralston wouldn't have committed any violence toward his girlfriend or his baby.

Is this a case of an argument between two partners getting too heated and, therefore, being misunderstood? Did one or both parties take their anger out against the other by making a false or exaggerated report of abuse? These are questions that should not only be addressed by Colorado authorities but also kept in mind by the public as well.

An arrest or accusation doesn't automatically imply the guilt of a defendant. A domestic violence defense lawyer can represent a defendant's best interests in a case like this and help ensure that the right details are evaluated to preserve justice.

Source: The Denver Post, "Aron Ralston's father says son didn't hit girlfriend, child," Tom McGhee, Dec. 9, 2013

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