Baltimore Ravens’ D.J. Fluker has reportedly been the victim of multiple domestic violence assaults committed by his long-term girlfriend, with whom he has a child. After an incident at the couple’s Maryland home, Kimberly Davis was arrested on July 13. The responding officer arrested Davis after seeing dried blood on the face of Fluker, who claimed Davis punched him. A photo from that night also revealed blood on Fluker’s face. The argument that led to the assault was reportedly about social media.
The incident in question
The most recent domestic abuse incident in question from July 13 occurred when Davis was told she was a bad mom. Davis admitted to police that she poked Fluker in the nose, but did not do so with the intent to harm. She admitted that one of her fingernails could have scratched Fluker’s nose, causing it to bleed.
Davis was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and the destruction of property. The police report issued from the July 13 incident indicated that this was not the first time Fluker was the victim of domestic abuse by Davis. When police followed up with Fluker a few days later, he informed them that there was an incident on June 29 that he did not report.
A video that was obtained showed Davis striking Fluker multiple times during an argument about care for their child. Fluker then filed a police report for the incident that happened on June 29, however, it is not known if the video stems from that incident or the July 13 incident.
Maryland domestic violence penalties
Domestic violence is governed under Maryland Code, Family Law § 4-501, et seq. The law defines abuse as any of the following:
- Anything that leads to serious bodily harm
- Anything that causes someone to suffer the fear of imminent serious bodily harm
- Assault in any degree
- Rape or sexual offense
- Attempted rape or sexual offense in any degree
- False imprisonment
The penalties in Maryland for domestic violence vary depending on the charge, but you could end up in prison for up to 25 years – maybe even for life. The fines can be thousands of dollars.
Simply being accused of domestic violence can wreak havoc on your personal life and career. You could lose your job, especially if you had to sign a morality clause, or you could have trouble finding employment. You could lose your access to scholarships or loan opportunities. You’ll definitely lose your right to carry a weapon. If the charges included sexual assault, you could find yourself on the sex offender registry, too. And on top of it all, it’s going to wreak havoc on your personal relationships.
Even the accusation of domestic abuse can change your life, making it difficult to find a job. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, we fight for the rights of those accused of a crime. Call our office at 410-271-1892 or complete a contact form today to schedule a consultation. We represent clients in Annapolis, Ellicott City, and across Maryland.
And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.