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Domestic Violence Charges for 49er Ray McDonald

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney will be filing domestic violence charges against Forty-Niner defensive end Ray McDonald. McDonald was arrested on felony charges on Sunday August 31, 2014 after his fiancé called the police. According to the Sacramento Bee the couple was celebrating McDonald's birthday when the two began to argue. The argument allegedly led to a physical altercation and injuries to the fiancé. She is ten weeks pregnant.

The domestic violence charge most likely to be filed is a violation of Penal Code section 273.5, or causing corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant. This may be filed as a felony or misdemeanor and may result in jail or prison depending on the extent of the injuries and any prior criminal history that a particular defendant may have. This is reportedly McDonald's first accusation of domestic violence, which of course remains an accusation at this point.

The NFL has recently imposed strict sanctions for players who are found guilty of domestic violence. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced a sanction of six months suspension for any player guilty of a domestic violence. A second time offender may be banned from football for life. Additional penalties exist if the victim was pregnant at the time of the offense.

These allegations also come on the heels of a string of criminal offenses on the part of McDonald's teammates. Aldon Smith was recently convicted of a DUI and possession of illegal weapons. Chris Culver was recently charged over the summer with felony hit and run.

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