Officers detained a professional football player, Ray McDonald, on Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to the San Jose Police Department. Police booked McDonald, who plays defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, into the Santa Clara County Jail.
The circumstances that led to McDonald’s detention were not immediately clear. Police indicated that officers had probable cause to take McDonald into custody but declined to comment any further on the incident, which is still under investigation. Furthermore, McDonald reportedly declined to expound on the incident, stating only that ‘the truth will come out.” He was released from the Santa Clara County Jail upon posting bail.
On account of the high stakes involved in a domestic violence case, it is imperative that people accused of abusing their partners, such as professional football player Ray McDonald in this particular case, retain the counsel and representation of a domestic violence attorney. Mere allegations may have a devastatingly negative impact on an individual’s life. That is because a domestic abuse claim may lead to the accused individuals losing custody of their children, being removed from their residence and suffering irreparable harm to their reputation, both personal and professional.
On the other hand, it is critical for alleged victims of domestic abuse to contact a domestic violence attorney as well. The attorney may help victims obtain a protective order against their partners. In the event that a restraining order is already in place, the lawyer may help see to it that the order is enforced. Furthermore, when an act of domestic abuse serves as an impetus to file for divorce, the lawyer may elucidate the ways that domestic violence can affect the marriage’s dissolution.
Source: ABC News, “49ers Player Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge”, August 31, 2014