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As a Boston criminal defense attorney, I want to again say upfront that all persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Still, it is always surprising when a lawmaker is charged with assault, because the court of public opinion always seems to assume that he is guilty.

This past week Carlos Henriquez, a first-term state representative from Dorchester, stands accused of Boston assault and battery involving allegedly repeatedly punching and choking a 23-year-old college student. She says that she escaped early Sunday morning only by jumping out of a moving car on the Fenway.

Sometimes, when you are faced with a difficult issue, the most important thing you can do is to talk about “it.” No matter what “it” is. And this is certainly true with Massachusetts domestic violence charges.

Some people believe that Massachusetts domestic violence is the most predictable of crimes – and thus, probably the most preventable. Last year there were 24 Massachusetts domestic violence homicides, according to the organization Jane Doe Inc. Jane Doe’s membership is comprised of 60 community-based sexual and domestic violence organizations in Massachusetts. Last week, according to figures for 2012, the number of domestic homicide victims in Massachusetts was up to five.

And over this past weekend, the number was up to six, if you count the apparent murder-suicide on Sunday of a Hopkinton couple that made headlines.

Massachusetts convenience store entrepreneur Christy Mihos’ life just keeps getting stranger by the day.

Mihos made millions developing his well-known Christy’s convenience stores on Cape Cod. After he was done with that, he decided he wanted to get into politics, launching more than one unsuccessful (and some would say embarrassing) bids for elective office, including governor. On top of that, Mihos was fined by the state for campaign law violations, which he only very recently fully paid. Now he faces accusations of Domestic Violence and Assault and Battery, following allegations by the Yarmouth Police Department revolving around an incident allegedly involving domestic assault in the couple’s West Yarmouth home last July 2011. As a result of a criminal Complaint filed by the Yarmouth police, a Massachusetts Clerk-Magistrate’s hearing will be held later this month in Barnstable District Court. A Clerk-Magistrate’s hearing is one method by which formal Massachusetts criminal charges can be brought against a person. To learn more about what a Massachusetts Clerk-Magistrate’s hearing is and what it consists of, click on the link in this sentence.

The accusations against Mihos by the Yarmouth police, however, aren’t the only such event to cloud Mihos’ life. They are preceded another incident of alleged domestic violence that was reported only a few weeks ago in February. In that incident, according to statements in a police report from the Martin County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, the Mihos’ were driving together on February 20th when an argument ensued over “pre-existing marital problems” that reportedly included Mihos’ alleged practice of hiring prostitutes and porn stars for sex. According to the report, Andrea Mihos told police that Mihos’s behavior turned “erratic and belligerent,” and that he allegedly made suggestions that she might “easily disappear,” or be possibly hurt or even killed. According to the report, Andrea Mihos told authorities that she attempted to record the conversation on her cell phone but that Christy Mihos husband twisted it out of her hand and then threw it at her, cutting her lip.