MILTON — A man arrested early Sunday on felony charges in a domestic violence case was arrested again Monday after he was released and showed up at the victim’s home, authorities said.
While the man, Justin A. Peters, had been released under the supervision of pretrial services without having had to post bail, the case does not fall under the recent bail reforms as the judge had discretion to set bail. The top charges filed — criminal contempt and strangulation — do not fall on a list of charges that now require release without bail.
Peters’ second arrest, however, led to the defendant being ordered held on $50,000 bail, officials said.
Peters, 29, of Milton, was originally arrested just before 3 a.m. Sunday at a Rowland Street residence in Milton. He was accused of violating an order of protection by choking a woman, causing her difficulty breathing, according to allegations filed in court.
He was also accused of doing so in front of a child and of preventing the woman from calling 911.
Peters was arrested by Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies and charged with first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree strangulation, both felonies, along with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief.
It was unclear Tuesday what led the judge to release Peters without setting bail.
By just after noon Monday, however, Peters was back at the woman’s residence. The woman contacted police prior to returning home, indicating she had a feeling that Peters was at the residence.
Deputies responded and found him there and arrested him for violating a full stay-away order of protection, police said. Peters allegedly told deputies he was there “just trying to do the right thing,” according to allegations filed in court.
Peters was charged that time with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor.