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49ers' linebacker's ex recants domestic violence claim

Many California residents have been accused or charged with domestic violence, but not all of them are guilty. Domestic violence cases often require a solid criminal defense strategy, as alleged victims may make false accusations in the heat of the moment, which can turn the accused person's life upside-down. In some cases, alleged victims act out of spite to damage the accused person's reputation or career. San Francisco 49ers' linebacker, Reuben Foster, was recently accused and charged with domestic violence after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he violently attacked her. The ex-girlfriend recently released a statement saying that she lied about the incident and recanted her domestic violence claims.

According to the original story, Foster's former girlfriend caught the attention of a car driving by the couple's home after Foster allegedly dragged her by the hair, punched her multiple times and physically took her out of the house. The woman apparently suffered various injuries, including a ruptured eardrum. Shortly after the incident, the district attorney filed domestic violence charges against Foster for the woman's injuries.

However, the ex's story has now changed, as she is now claiming that she got her injuries during a fight with another woman. According to her statement, Foster found out about the fight with the other woman and attempted to break-up with her. The ex stated that she was upset with Foster and told him that she would "trash his career." The ex apparently felt guilty and went to the district attorney to recant her initial story. The district attorney said that even if she did not cooperate, the case would be pursued against him without her assistance.

Foster's ex then claimed that she had a video of herself in an altercation with the other woman, which has since been given to the district attorney's office. Foster's plea hearing has been delayed to give the DA additional time to review the video.

Cases like Foster's show the importance of preparing a solid defense to fight the domestic violence charges against you. If you have been charged with domestic violence, you should make sure you understand the elements of the charges you face, so you can plan an appropriate defense strategy.

Source: ESPN, "Reuben Foster's plea hearing delayed so DA can review video," Nick Wagoner, May 1, 2018

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