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Prosecutors drop assault charges against Manchester police officer as part of deal

In January 2013, 28-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire, police officer Adam Beland pleaded innocent in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, to assault charges. The Union Leader, a regional news outlet, reported that the law enforcement official of seven years committed acts of violence against his wife, which included shoving her a few times and pushing her out the door of his apartment.

On Tuesday, April 30, the source published an update on the case, revealing that prosecutors will drop the two misdemeanor assault charges against Beland, provided that he attends anger management and parenting classes and undergoes a domestic-violence evaluation.

Rockingham County Attorney's Office prosecutor Kristen Wilson said that this kind of deal - which also erases the charges from Beland's criminal record - is typical for individuals who face first-time domestic violence charges.

"We talked to his wife about this extensively," added Wilson, noting that she is in support of the agreement.

Immediately following his arrest in January, the police officer was placed on unpaid leave from the department, but in March his bail was modified so that he could go back to work, so long as he left his weapon at the station before returning home. According to Lt. Maureen Tessier, a police spokeswoman, Beland will continue working at limited duty capacity for the time being.

If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you owe it to yourself to consult with an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life as quickly as possible.

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