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Dez Bryant Charged With Class A Misdemeanor

Police in DeSoto, a suburb of Dallas, announced on Friday that they would file a Class A misdemeanor family violence charge against Dez Bryant.

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Bryant had turned himself in earlier in the week after his mother accused him of domestic violence.

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Most likely, as Bryant is a first-time offender without a criminal history, he will be offered some type of plea bargain deal where he is put on probation and performs community service, allowing him to avoid jail time.

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However, if he pleads guilty to a criminal charge, his conduct will come under the purview of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who would have the right to suspend him for his off-field behavior. The legal process usually doesn't operate that quickly, so there could be a significant lag time before any of Bryant's legal matters are resolved.

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Either way, the spotlight is now firmly on the Cowboys troubled young WR, and he'll be under even more pressure to perform this season.

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