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Football Player Chad Johnson Arrested For Domestic Violence and Battery

On Saturday Chad Johnson (formerly known as Chad Ochocinco), Miami Dolphins wide receiver,  was arrested for allegations of domestic violence and simple battery.

According to Johnson’s neighbor, Johnson’s wife, Evelyn Lozada, fled to his home after a dispute regarding a receipt for condom’s found in Johnson’s car. As they were talking, Johnson allegedly grabbed her and head-butted her on the forehead, causing a laceration.

When officer’s arrived, Johnson confirmed that there had been an argument over a sales receipt, but that Lozada had head-butted him. According to police, Johnson’s wife indicated that she wanted to file charges, signing an affidavit of complaint indicating as much.

Following the domestic violence allegations and Johnson’s arrest, VH1 pulled the couples new reality TV show, ‘Ev and Ocho’, which was slated to premiere next month. In the wake of his arrest, the Miami Dolphins also dropped Johnson from the team.

The same day Lozada released a public statement indicating her disappointment with Johnson’s ‘false accusations’ and her hopes that he ‘receives help’ for the past weekend’s alleged altercation, Lozada filed for divorce. The couple had been married for six weeks.

A criminal conviction is costly, you may have to serve time in prison or pay a fine. Your career and family may be disrupted, as well as your reputation tarnished. The attorney’s at  Don Ho, LLP, are dedicated to providing an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of crime throughout the State of California.

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Absent a Restraining Order, Domestic Violence Prompts Orange County's Deadliest Shooting

English: The Salon Meritage hair salon in Seal...
English: The Salon Meritage hair salon in Seal Beach, California, with floral tributes following the 2011 Seal Beach shooting . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On Wednesday afternoon in Seal Beach, California, a gunman walked into a hair salon and opened fire, killing eight people. Among those killed was the shooter Scott Dekraai’s ex-wife of three years, Michelle Fournier Dekraai.  It is now being suggested that the shooting was motivated by a dispute between the estranged couple over custody of their seven-year old son.

Even though the couple divorced in 2007, and Scott Dekraai remarried, the battle over their son persisted.  In May of 2011, Michelle Dekraai claimed in court papers that Scott was mentally unstable and had threatened to kill himself or someone else at least once.  Often any person with such fears will seek a restraining order from the courts and judging from the results, Michelle had every reason to believe that she was in danger for her life. Yet, despite such allegations, there is no sign that Michelle had filed a restraining order.

If you are a victim of domestic violence you can seek a domestic violence restraining order or a criminal protective order.  Unlike criminal protective orders, which are only issued in cases where criminal charges are pressed, a domestic violence restraining order is issued by the family law courts, and requires no pending criminal charges. These domestic violence restraining orders are issued on an ex parte basis, and set for a hearing in a short period of time. At the hearing, courts can issue longer restraining orders, anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

In cases of domestic violence where a divorce is involved, like between Scott Dekraai and Michelle Fournier Dekraai, a domestic violence restraining order may be appropriate.  The party applying for the order must show a danger of some imminent harm.   To get a long term order, under California Family Code section 6300, restraining orders may be issued “to restrain any person for the purpose of preventing a recurrence of domestic violence and ensuring a period of separation of the persons involved, if an affidavit . . . shows, to the satisfaction of the court, reasonable proof of a past act or acts of abuse.”  Abuse can mean stalking, physical abuse, harassment, making telephone calls, or otherwise threatening a person’s safety.
If you have been the victim of domestic violence or have been accused of committing domestic violence, contact our law firm immediately!
All factual information provided by the Huffington Post
The  Orange County law firm of Don Ho LLP can assist you regarding domestic violence in California or any other legal matter.
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