Sports fanatics are passionate about their teams and their games. Attending a football, baseball, or basketball game with friends can also mean consuming alcohol and getting rowdy. This combination has often lead to drunk driving, assault, and other charges. In a recent case, a woman was charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of the Iron Bowl game because the victim and other bystanders were not sympathetic to the sports team’s loss. While this is an extreme case, it is one example of unruly and excited fans, and the combination of excitement, alcohol, and turmoil that can lead to criminal charges.
When attending a sporting event or watching a game, most fans just want to relax and have a good time. A run in with another unruly fan, alcohol, and other factors could result in an altercation that results in assault or a drinking and driving charge after the game. OurBirmingham defense attorneys understand the complexity of sporting event criminal charges and will explore every opportunity to protect your rights. If you were involved in a fight, arrested at a game, or pulled over when leaving a sporting event, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Violent crimes cases usually involve a competing set of facts. While the victim or witnesses may have one version of events, the alleged perpetrator and other witnesses may have seen it differently. For defendants facing serious criminal charges, it is important to have an advocate who can sort through the facts and present necessary evidence in the face of aggressive prosecutors. Even if you were involved in an altercation, you may have a defense, including self-defense.
In the recent case involving an Alabama fan at the Iron Bowl football game, a 28-year-old woman has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing a 36-year-old woman. A police officer reported that both women were fans and at the same party watching the annual game between two rival teams. When Alabama missed a field goal more than 100 yards, there was no hope for Alabama to play for the national championship. Though some witnesses assert that the violence erupted because of the game, others are not so sure.
Investigators are trying to determine the motivation for the shooting. According to some witnesses, the defendant went into a rage after hearing that the “Crimson Tide loss was not as bad as the NBA Miami Heat loss.” The defendant was allegedly angry that the victim and her sister were not upset about the game results. Police reports indicate that the victim was shot to death in the parking lot.
This is a tragic case; however, the motives for the shooting are unclear. As with any crime involving a sporting event, there were high levels of emotion and multiple witnesses. Alcohol was also suspected in this case. When charged with any crime during or after a sporting event, it is important to consult with an advocate who can review competing versions of events and protect your rights through the criminal process.