A domestic violence charge in Florida is a serious matter that can have far reaching effects on a person’s reputation, career and family life. Even if you are a high paid celebrity athlete.

The Miami Dolphins cut All Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson Aug. 12, less than 24 hours after he was arrested for domestic battery.

“It didn’t feel like to me that this fit was going to be right for us as an organization, or for Chad,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “It was time to move on. It wasn’t done to send a message. It was done because it just didn’t feel right.”

Johnson was arrested the night before on charges that he allegedly head butted Evelyn Lozada, his wife of one month, outside the couple’s home in Miami. According to the Associated Press, Johnson and his wife were arguing about a receipt for a box of condoms Lozada had found. He was charged with battery, which comes with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Phins signed Johnson over the offseason after he was released by the New England Patriots, following a lackluster 2011 season in which he totaled only 15 receptions. The 34-year-old Johnson has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times. Shortly before marrying Lozada, he changed his name back to “Johnson” after going by Chad “Ochocinco” since 2008.

“I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred….I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL,” Johnson said in a statement on his website.

His job isn’t the only thing that Johnson appears to have lost as a result of the arrest. Lozada, known for her turns on various reality television shows, has reportedly filed for divorce. “I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles,” she said in a statement.

In addition, coconut water brand Zico has dropped Johnson from its list of endorsers.

Johnson’s current circumstances are a prime example of the kind of havoc that a domestic violence charge can wreak on a person’s professional and private life. In Florida, domestic violence means any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of a person by a family or household member.

If you are facing domestic violence charges in Florida, you will need an experienced attorney on your side who can effectively represent you in court. The attorneys at the law firm of Anidjar & Levine are experienced in handling a variety of criminal matters and are committed to helping you achieve the best results possible.To schedule a free, confidential consultation with a South Florida domestic violence defense attorney at Anidjar & Levine P.A., call 800-747-3733 or fill out and submit the online “Contact Us” form.

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