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Former Miami Dolphin charged with domestic violence

South Florida football fans probably remember James McKnight from his days with the Miami Dolphins. The wide receiver also played for Seattle, Dallas and New York in his 10-year NFL career. Now 40 and retired, McKnight was in the news recently for a different reason: he was charged with domestic violence in Broward County court following an alleged incident with his wife.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, McKnight and his wife were involved in an argument when McKnight tried to take the couple's children to a different room. His wife tried to stop him, and McKnight allegedly pushed his wife, causing her to fall. According to the arrest report, McKnight's wife was not injured in the incident.

Sheriff's deputies also claim that McKnight resisted arrest by pulling away when they tried to put handcuffs on him. Deputies acknowledge they forced him to the ground, claiming they were justified because McKnight allegedly refused to sit down. McKnight was arrested on a Monday night and was still in jail the following evening.

A domestic violence conviction can have devastating consequences on a person's life. In addition to the criminal charges, the alleged victim often seeks a restraining order in civil court. Typically a temporary restraining order is entered for a short period of time. At a subsequent date the accused has the opportunity to appear in court at an evidentiary hearing and argue against extension of the temporary order. This is a crucial hearing; a permanent restraining order can have a ruinous effect on the accused. He or she may be barred from their home or from having any contact with their children. It is critical that a person subject to a temporary restraining order fight against its extension with the assistance of an experienced domestic violence lawyer.

Source: Sun-Sentinel, "Ex-Miami Dolphin accused of domestic battery," Wayne K. Roustan, June 11, 2013

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