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When someone is charged with domestic violence, it is almost never a simple situation. But the laws and police want to treat every situation as if it is the same. We can get the authorities to realize the complexities of your incident, while demonstrating why you don’t deserve serious punishment.

The Truth about Domestic Violence Charges

Politicians and pressure groups act as if every incident of alleged domestic violence is a brutal beating. This is simply not true. Sometimes the actual contact is little more than a slap to the face or a touch of the arm.

We have successfully handled domestic violence charges and have found that a majority of cases involve mutual combat, in which a couple will get into an argument and start pushing, shoving, and possibly hitting. Then one person calls the police. When the police show up on a domestic violence call, someone will likely be arrested.

Possible Consequences

Domestic Violence can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor. Usually this is determined by the seriousness of the injuries. Severe cuts and broken bones will almost always result in a felony charge. Prior acts of physical abuse by the person charged may also factor into the prosecutor’s decision to file it as a felony. Cases involving no injury or slight injury will be charged as misdemeanors.

The punishments for felony and misdemeanor charges are as follows:

  • Felony: If charged as a felony, the defendant could serve up to 10 years in the state prison.
  • Misdemeanor: If charged as a misdemeanor, the punishment is not more than one year in the county jail.

Also, the Court usually requires that any domestic violence defendant complete a 52 week domestic violence program, involving a series of classes. Most likely there will also be a no contact order, which prohibits the defendant from having any contact with the alleged victim.

What We Can Do

Regardless of how serious the incident was, we can always do something to help. For a serious incident, we can work toward keeping you out of jail or minimizing your sentence. For less serious incidents, which make up the majority, we can work toward keeping it as a misdemeanor or even get the charge lessened to disturbing the peace, which would involve just a fine and not domestic violence class.