Former LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded guilty to a domestic violence in 2015. Following that, he spent two months in jail, voluntarily retired from the National Hockey League (NHL) and returned to Russia. Now Voynov wants to come back.
Earlier this year, Voynov petitioned the NHL for reinstatement. As a result of his arrest, the Los Angeles Kings cancelled Voynov’s $25 million contract. They also placed him on the club’s voluntary retirement list. He returned to Russia to avoid immigration issues that could have arisen from his arrest and conviction. After returning to Russia, he played for three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and appeared in the 2018 Olympics.
This summer, the Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed Voynov’s misdemeanor domestic assault conviction. That could eliminate any immigration issues that would prevent Voynov from re-entering the United States.
According to the NHL, the league will conduct a fact-finding investigation into the matter. At the conclusion, the league commissioner Gary Bettman will determine whether Voynov can return to the NHL. Although the Kings canceled Voynov’s contract, they still retain his signing rights. If he is cleared to return, the Kings could re-sign him, trade his rights to another team, or release him. If the club releases him to free agency, he could negotiate with any other team in the league. The Kings have not expressed an interest in re-signing Voynov, but he was the team’s number 2 defenseman in 2015.
Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer
This case illustrates the complexity of overcoming a domestic assault conviction. When you face domestic abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense in Los Angeles County.
Domestic abuse convictions can have a wide range of effects on you, your spouse or partner and your family. Convictions can result in jail time, loss of income, and other significant consequences. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side throughout the judicial process.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to defend yourself. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County domestic violence case.
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