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Domestic violence is a very serious matter, but there may seem to be a lot of grey areas in this criminal charge. You may be wondering what actions could result in a domestic violence charge, and if a charge is likely to result in a conviction. Further, you may want to know what the penalties for conviction of this charge are. At Tower Legal Group we are intent on providing excellent service for all of our clients, we accomplish this through providing information and legal assistance. Our Sacramento criminal defense attorneys also offer a free case evaluation so that you may obtain legal advice regarding your case without any financial obligation or commitment on your part.
Defining Your Charges
There are many different actions that can constitute violence; the “domestic” element is present when the act is committed against a family member, roommate, domestic partner or other individual in some cases. Violence in a domestic violence case can be actually physical harm or contact such as hitting, biting, scratching, hair pulling and many others; or it can be verbal and non-physical. Some examples of this kind of abuse may be verbal violence, threats and other actions.
It is important to know that harassment, threats of violence and other actions against your spouse, wife or husband, or other family member can result in serious domestic violence charges which could carry severe penalties for conviction. If you are convicted of domestic violence then you could face up to three years of probation, mandatory completion of a batterer’s program and other serious penalties.
Penalties: California Penal Code Section 1203.097
California Penal Code Section 1203.097 stipulates the specific penalties that can be applied to persons who are convicted of domestic violence in Sacramento and other areas throughout the state. As denoted by law, domestic violence offenders will be held to a probationary period of no less than 36 months, with room for more. In addition, convicted persons could be sentenced with community service hours and participation in a counseling program. Upon conviction, these persons could also be mandated to pay up to $5,000 in fines, all of which will be donated to a battered women’s shelter.
In addition to the penalties described above, domestic violence offenders must also anticipate the possible limitations that could be brought on by a restraining order. There is also a possible ten-year ban on the ownership of any firearms, depending on the personal circumstances that led to your domestic violence charges. If drugs were involved prior to the situation that led to an arrest for domestic violence, the defendant could be looking at mandatory participation in a drug dependency program as well. Extremely severe offenses also have the potential to land an offender in jail.
The seemingly limitless number of penalties prescribed to domestic violence offenders portrays the seriousness with which the state of California refers to these types of offenses. As such, persons who are accused and / or arrested for domestic violence in the Sacramento area should waste no time in seeking the legal representation of a criminal defense lawyer at our office. Involving an attorney in the matter as early on as possible will allow you the best chances at avoiding conviction, and thus, the penalties that go along with it. For more information about California’s penalties for domestic violence offenses, you can contact our office.
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It is important for you to have skilled legal assistance on your side that will be able to aggressively fight against the charges that you face. At Tower Legal Group we are a skilled and experience criminal defense law firm that will be able to put our collective experience to work for you. It is vitally important that you retain skillful assistance on your side and we will be able to provide this for you.
Contact a Sacramento criminal lawyer today to discuss your charges and how we can help you.