Dodgers News: Julio Urias Won’t Face Charges In Domestic Violence Case

Julio Urias was arrested on domestic violence charges in the middle of May. Since then, the left-hander faced a temporary suspension and has since been reinstated to the Dodgers active roster.

Now, Jorge Castillo via the Los Angeles Times says that Urias will not face charges in this domestic battery case.

Update: Bill Plunkett provided more specific verbiage on the city attorney’s assessment of the situation.

The city attorney cited three reasons for conditionally deferring prosecution on the suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery – no physical injury was caused, the woman involved “at no point indicated to either the uniformed police officers or to civilian witnesses that she believed she was a victim” and Urias’ lack of prior criminal conduct.

Expanding on the ruling, 22-year old left-hander will avoid charges with the following stipulations in place.

(1) that Mr. Urias participate in a City Attorney hearing; (2) that he commit no acts of violence against anyone; and 3) that he successfully participate in and complete a 52 week domestic violence counseling program in person, and in a group setting.

The Times goes into more detail about these domestic violence counseling sessions.

The domestic violence counseling will consist of weekly two hour sessions where, among other things, he must accept responsibility for the abusive behavior perpetrated against the victim, demonstrate an understanding that the use of coercion or violent behavior to maintain dominance is unacceptable in an intimate relationship and he must demonstrate an understanding of and practices positive conflict resolution skills.

Currently, Urias has appeared in 12 games for the Dodgers. He has a 3.78 ERA with 2 saves, and a 3-2 record overall. Furthermore, he’s allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings (over 3 appearances) since re-instatement to the Dodgers roster.

We will have more regarding this developing situation in the upcoming days.

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  1. It would seem that charges were dropped because there was insufficient evidence to criminally convict. And it is my understanding that, Urias has no priors. Whatever happened….which we may never know…. Urias needs to move forward by benefiting from the DV program he’s enrolled in and refocusing on his baseball career.