Weston Cage, son of famed actor Nicolas Cage, was arrested for
Battery Domestic Violence again last week. This is the second time this month that the younger Cage
has been arrested for domestic violence. In the first incident, both Cage
and his wife were arrested. In the latest incident, only Cage was arrested.
Cage's wife now states that she does not want to press charges. But,
that does not necessarily mean that the State will not seek charges.
When the alleged victim of a domestic violence charge changes her story
or doesn't want to cooperate, prosecutors refer to her as a "recanting"
victim. It is very common for victims of domestic violence to recant,
and there are many reasons why they might recant. Sometimes, the alleged
victim changes their story because they fear retaliation from the offender
or they are financially or emotionally dependent on the perpetrator and
fear losing their support.
Other times, the victim exaggerated the original event because they were
angry at the defendant or they made up the story entirely to gain an advantage
in a divorce or custody matter. In these cases, if the victim changes
her story, the prosecutor might think it is a "recanting" victim.
But, in fact, the second version of the facts is the real truth. Because
victims often change their mind once criminal charges are pending, Prosecutors
refuse to dismiss domestic violence charges simply because an alleged
victim no longer wants to press charges.
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with Battery Domestic
Violence, it is important to contact a
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer right away. A Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney can assist you in analyzing
the facts of your case, identifying appropriate defenses and developing
the most aggressive litigation strategy possible to defend your legal rights.