Fans were stunned in March 2017 when Denver Broncos safety Will Parks was faced with domestic violence charges. However, court records indicate that charges were recently dropped when the woman he is accused of abusing failed to appear in court.
Will Parks Accused of Domestic Violence in March 2017
The incident allegedly occurred a year ago when Parks’ ex-girlfriend said he threatened her when she returned to his home to gather her belongings. The woman said Parks, who is 23, accused her of stealing items from his home and threatened to have his cousin, who lives near the woman, “beat her ass.”
After the incident, Parks was arrested on March 31, 2017. He was later released from jail on a $1,500 bond. Parks was charged with misdemeanor harassment and domestic violence.
Lack of Evidence Results in Dropped Charges
The woman was subpoenaed to appear for a hearing in court; however, she did not appear. Although her lack of cooperation did not automatically result in dropped charges, prosecutors likely decided to abandon the charges because of a lack of evidence. Without the woman’s testimony, prosecutors had very little against the football player.
Many alleged victims of domestic violence choose not to participate in hearings and trials against the accused. Sometimes they desire to avoid the situation, and others want to reconcile with the accused. In some situations, the alleged victim realizes they may have been confused, and in others, they simply wish to distance themselves from the legal battle.
The charges against Parks could have endured, even without the woman’s participation at trial. Criminal charges may continue even if the victim does not cooperate. However, in many situations, there is not enough evidence against the accused without testimony from the alleged victim.
The NFL May Still Punish Parks
Although the legal system has dismissed misdemeanor charges against Parks, the NFL can still punish him. The NFL’s personal conduct policy does not require a conviction to prove a negative situation occurred. Other players, such as Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, have been suspended for up to six games after being accused of domestic violence.
When asked about the situation last year, Parks said it would be up to the NFL if it imposes any punishment upon him. He claimed that he would follow through with the legal process to make sure the facts were revealed. The court did not make a decision about guilt or innocence. However, it dropped the charges and Parks did not receive a conviction of domestic violence.
Parks was allowed to continue playing last season despite the charges against him for harassment and domestic violence. He played in all 16 games with the Broncos. However, the NFL may still decide to punish him at a later date.
Domestic Violence Charges Can Result in Serious Penalties
Arizona takes accusations of domestic violence very seriously. You may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the facts of the case. You may face significant time behind bars, fines, and mandatory anger management or domestic violence counseling. In addition, you may be labeled a violent offender, which can impact where you live, visitation or child custody, divorce matters, and your employment.
Contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer for Help
If you are dealing with domestic violence charges, you should seek legal advice from someone who has experience with an array of criminal matters. Our skilled domestic violence attorneys at Law Office of Howard A. Snader, LLC can guide you through the criminal court process and work to have the charges against you dropped or reduced as quickly as possible. Call us today at (602) 737-3195.