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Baseball player arrested for domestic violence on Christmas

Whenever accusations of domestic violence are made by one spouse in Minnesota, it leaves lingering questions about what the other side of the story may be. This is because it is typical that the truth behind domestic violence allegations may be far from what the allegations are.

What is the truth behind the recent story involving criminal charges against professional baseball player Andruw Jones?

Reportedly, the trouble in his home began at 1:30 in the morning of Christmas Day. Jones’ wife claims that it was then that her husband refused to help her get the house ready for Christmas.

Instead, she says Jones threatened her with violence, but why? She claims she tried to escape from his wrath by running up the stairs, but to no avail. She says he grabbed her ankle and pulled her down the set of stairs. She then alleges that Jones climbed on top of her, grabbed her neck and told her he wanted to kill her.

This is the story that Jones’ wife told to police when they arrived on the scene. Is there more to this story concerning the events that took place prior to the altercation? Is it plausible that Jones was upset simply for being asked to help out?

Whether the police even asked these important questions, has not been reported. Nevertheless, Jones was arrested on charges of battery and booked into jail. He was released after posting bail on the same day.

Needless to say this was not a happy Christmas for anyone in the Jones’ household. However, the criminal charges will not necessarily end in a conviction, if Jones can present a strong criminal defense concerning his role and perspective surrounding these events to a court.

Source: ESPN, “Andruw Jones accused of battery,” Dec. 26, 2012

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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