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.
Small disputes between spouses may escalate or be exaggerated to the point that domestic violence charges may flow. Moreover, domestic violence allegations are not limited to married couples under California law. Some people who are charged with a misdemeanor may decide to simply admit to the charges, hoping to just put the matter behind them--and without any analysis regarding the law or possible criminal defenses to the allegations.
Former San Francisco Forty-Niner Kwame Harris was acquitted of two felony-level charges last week after the evidence was presented before a jury. However, the jury returned guilty verdicts on several misdemeanor offenses. The charges flowed from allegations that the former lineman got into a domestic dispute with his former boyfriend while eating at a Menlo Park restaurant in August 2012.