Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was suspended from the team for eight games following a domestic violence incident involving Collison’s wife, whom he has known since high school. The suspension comes after Collison pleaded guilty last month to domestic abuse following a May 30 altercation.
As part of his plea agreement, Collison must serve 29 days in jail, 20 hours of community service and complete a yearlong domestic violence deterrence program. Collison has no prior history of domestic abuse and is eligible for an alternative sentencing program.
Placer County deputies were called to the Collison home last May to respond to reports of a woman being assaulted. When they arrived, they noted visible injuries on Collison’s wife. Initially, he was charged with domestic assault causing injury, domestic battery and driving on a suspended license.
As a result of the eight-game suspension, Collison will forfeit about $380,000 in pay. He is in the final year of his contract with the Kings.
Domestic Violence Lawyer
Spousal abuse has significant emotional, financial and legal consequences in the State of California. That’s why you need the help of an experienced domestic violence lawyer. When convicted, you could be sentenced to prison time, jail time, community service and/or fines. You may also have to complete court-ordered counseling. You may be the subject of a restraining order that prevents you from entering your home, seeing your spouse or interacting with your children. Often (but not always) your spouse or significant other doesn’t really want to press charges against you, but the State often makes that a difficult choice.
Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He will fight aggressively for your rights and for your family.
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.
Photo Credit: Antonio Edwards, via Flickr.com