From the Field to the Courtroom: The Julio Urias Domestic Violence Arrest

The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ pitcher, Julio Urias was arrested and charged with a felony domestic violence. The incident took place after a Major League Soccer match in Los Angeles and has sparked discussions about domestic violence, its legal consequences, and the policies in place to address such cases in California.

Julio Urias Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence:

On the evening of Sunday, September 3rd, at BMO Stadium, a physical altercation between Julio Urias and his wife led to his arrest on charges of domestic violence. The altercation occurred shortly after a soccer match, as reported by Assistant Chief Chris Carr of the Exposition Park Department of Public Safety, which manages the stadium and surrounding area.

Julio Urias, 27 got arrested past 11 p.m. and posted $50,000 bail.

Administrative Leave And MLB’s Domestic Violence Policy:

Following his arrest, Major League Baseball (MLB) placed Julio Urias on administrative leave. A MLB player on administrative leave is still paid but is not allowed to participate in games.

The MLB has opened an investigation into the incident, and the outcome could lead to suspension. In a 2019 incident, MLB suspended Urias for 20 games under its policy, despite him not being charged following an alleged domestic battery arrest.

The Role of Video Evidence:

A key element in Urias’ case is bystander-recorded video evidence, crucial for both law enforcement and MLB’s investigation. A bystander recorded the incident on a cell phone and authorities have that video footage.

The Legal Implications Of Domestic Violence In California:

In California, a domestic violence charge can range from felony to misdemeanor. There are significant differences between felony and misdemeanor level offenses. The state of California defines domestic violence as abuse committed against an intimate partner. If someone intentionally or recklessly uses or threatens the use of physical force against an intimate partner, they have committed domestic violence. An intimate partner includes a present or past spouse, domestic partner, or fiancé.

There are several potential criminal charges an alleged perpetrator can face: battery, abuse, threats, and neglect.

Some factors that are taken into consideration when determining whether or not to charge someone with a misdemeanor are:

  1. the circumstances of the offense.
  2. the seriousness of the alleged victims’ injuries (if any).
  3. and the defendant’s criminal record (if any).

Authorities arrested Julio Urias on suspicion of “corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant”.

By definition, corporal injury means you caused injury an injury to an intimate partner, which includes a current or former spouse, fiance, a cohabitant, or parent of your child. It’s important to note a “cohabitant” is described as two unrelated people who have been living with each other for a significant amount of time that resulted in some type of relationship.

Corporal Injury:
Defendants can be charged with corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant. Corporal injury is any physical injury to an intimate partner. Corporal injury is a felony (California Penal Code §273.5).

The Department of Public Safety officers offered no details Wednesday on the circumstances of the arrest but asked for any witnesses with information regarding the incident to contact them. Julio Urias is stated to appear in court on September 27.


The Julio Urias case serves as a stark reminder of the legal consequences of domestic violence in California. Domestic violence allegations can lead to arrest, charges, and even suspension from a high-profile career in professional sports.

Domestic violence cases are complex, and understanding your rights and options is crucial. Consult with an experienced attorney to navigate this challenging legal terrain effectively. Should you find yourself with the complexities of a domestic violence charge, Contact The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi at (310) 448-1529 or contact us online.

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