A judge in Ohio needs to contact a domestic violence lawyer now that he has been arrested for domestic violence. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge and former Ohio state senator, Lance T. Mason, was arrested this past Saturday on domestic violence allegations. Mason is facing a charge of second degree felonious assault against his wife of eight years, Aisha Fraser Mason. Several media sources, including the Northeast Ohio Media Group, have reported that Mrs. Mason was hospitalized after suffering a broken orbital bone. It is alleged that Mrs. Mason was punched, bitten and choked by her husband. The serious charge against Judge Mason will likely require the services of an experienced domestic violence lawyer.
Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor, C. Randolph Keller, spoke with members of the media at a press conference on Monday morning just prior to Judge Mason’s appearance in Shaker Heights Municipal Court for a preliminary bond hearing. According to Keller, it is expected that the case will be transferred to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court after the charge against Mason has been reviewed by a grand jury.
The arrest of Judge Mason was instigated by a 911 call at 12:12 PM on Saturday. A woman reported the incident to police. She reported that two people were fighting in a burnt orange sports utility vehicle. According to 911 call recordings, which were released to the public by Shaker Heights police officials on Monday morning, the 911 caller reported that the driver of the SUV slammed on the brakes and swerved, narrowly missing three other vehicles traveling. According to the 911 recordings, fists were flying inside the vehicle.
During his Monday morning press conference, Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor, C. Randolph Keller, indicated that he had already communicated with the office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Timothy J. McGinty. Keller also stated that the alleged assault by Judge Mason may have occurred in both public and private settings. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mrs. Mason was treated for her injuries and released from a local medical center.
The 46 year old Judge Mason was appointed to the bench in 2008 by former Ohio governor, Ted Strickland. Although formal criminal charges have not yet been filed, it is anticipated that Judge Mason could face up to eight years in prison. Judge Mason’s bond was set at $65,000 by a Shaker Heights municipal court judge on Monday. A protective order was also issued to prevent Mason from contacting his wife and children.
It was also learned on Monday that Judge Mason’s Cuyahoga County courtroom is currently locked, and his docket has been cleared for the foreseeable future.
Domestic violence cases are treated as seriously in Massachusetts. If you are charged with domestic violence, a Massachusetts domestic violence lawyer can help you with defense. A lawyer can help you investigate all aspects of your defense, including self defense. If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime in Massachusetts call Attorney Patrick Donovan today for a free consultation