Hockey player faces domestic violence charges

Getting charged with a crime not only paints a negative image of a person in the community but also could negatively impact the person's criminal record. One high-profile individual in California was recently charged with domestic violence at the felony level. According to officials, Slava Voynov, a defenseman for the National Hockey League Kings, faces a felony count related to corporal injury involving a spouse.

Authorities said that the Russian Olympian, said to be 24 years old, injured his wife's eyebrow, neck and cheek. The two had allegedly been arguing at their house. The incident occurred a few hours following a game won by the Kings.

Voynov was arrested at a medical center after he took his wife there for treatment. He was subsequently suspended by the NHL. The man's attorney said that the athlete didn't strike his wife and should not have been taken into custody. The attorney said that a misunderstanding between the man's wife and police is what led to the arrest. If Voynov is convicted, he may face up to nine years behind bars.

In court, California prosecutors must prove the man's domestic violence charges beyond a reasonable doubt. If this fails to happen, then the man cannot legally be convicted. A complete review of all of the evidence that prosecutors plan to provide in court to support the charges might be a chief focal area for the man's criminal defense team. The criminal defense will also work to ensure that the man's rights are not violated during the criminal process. Mrs. Voynov apparently does not wish the charges to be heard in court, and it remains to be seen what effect that will have on the prosecution's case.

Source:, "LA Kings' Voynov charged with domestic violence", Greg Beacham, Nov. 20, 2014

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