There are few crimes worse than violence against women–especially when they are caught on camera. Joe Mixon will have to live with his mistake for the rest of his life. Back on July of 2014, the University of Oklahoma star running back was arrested for punching student Amelia Molitor in the jaw at a restaurant in Norman, OK. Molitor suffered four facial fractures that required her jaw to be wired shut for several weeks. The horrific incident was captured on video and later released last month. Mixon’s criminal defense attorney made a plea deal for a misdemeanor assault charge. Mixon served 100 hours of community service and underwent mandatory cognitive behavioral counseling. He was also suspended by the university for the entire 2014 football season. But after serving his punishment two years ago, Mixon is continuing to pay for his mistake.
The Stigma of an Assault Charge
Since the incident, Mixon has been a model student-athlete and is highly respected by his coaches and teammates. Recently, he led the Oklahoma Sooners to a 35-19 victory over Auburn in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Mixon performed brilliantly, rushing 91 yards and 2 touchdowns and catching 5 passes for 89 yards. But the game did not go without an ugly incident. After Mixon’s first touchdown, Auburn fans began chanting, “He hits women.” The chant became increasingly louder and louder. It even got to the point where ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger went on a furious rant defending Mixon.
The Challenges of Violent Crime Defense
The Mixon case is not as cut and dry as it would appear. The surveillance video from the restaurant was actually released by Mixon’s criminal defense attorney. While there is no excuse for Mixon’s actions, there was more to the story. The video shows Molitor had pushed Mixon first. Mixon also claims he was called the “N-word.” The Mixon incident is just the latest involving professional and high profiled college athletes. Recently, NFL players Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Josh Brown have come under fire for domestic violence. Although every case is different, Mixon already has two strikes against him before his pro career ever begins. He must continue to battle against the court of public opinion while maintaining a clean record.
How a Salt Lake City Violent Crimes Attorney Can Help
If you are accused of a violent crime in Salt Lake City, you could face significant jail time. It is important to seek representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney that will protect your rights and help clear your name. Attorney David Paul White brings more than 25 years of experience defending men and women of several types of violent crimes. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.