Allegations of suspected criminal behavior may have a lasting effect on the life of the accused. The stigma associated with being a suspect, and the family or workplace issues that can arise as a result of an accusation, can be hard to overcome. Whether accused of a misdemeanor or a felony charge, seeking help from a knowledgeable source may help the accused alleviate some of the stress associated with being a suspect.
A former NFL player is facing serious charges of felony domestic violence and an assault charge. In August 2012, 30-year-old Kwame Harris was allegedly involved in the beating of his former boyfriend. According to the assistant district attorney, Harris and his ex-boyfriend had an altercation outside a restaurant that ended in Harris's boyfriend sustaining injuries to his face that required surgery.
Prosecutors are deeming this a domestic issue instead of just an assault charge because the two used to cohabitate and had been involved in a romantic relationship. The injuries suffered were also serious enough to warrant the more extreme charges, according to the assistant district attorney.
Harris entered a not guilty plea in response to the charges and posted bail of $75,000 following his arrest. He has admitted to striking his ex-boyfriend and formerly being romantically involved with him, but he denies he was the aggressor and claims he was assaulted first. According to Harris's attorney, although the alleged victim was more seriously injured in the altercation, Harris acted in self-defense. Following the pretrial hearing on Jan. 28, an April court date was set for Harris's trial.
Although this case is taking place in California, similar laws affect cases of domestic violence in Seattle. When accused of felony charges, any accused parties would be wise to seek help to protect their rights. These accusations could permanently alter the reputations of those involved. A sound defense may be the only way for those accused to protect their lifestyles and livelihoods.
Source: Komonews.com, "Ex-49er charged in former boyfriend's beating," Jan. 28, 2013