Don’t let an unfortunate event ruin your life.
If you are convicted for domestic violence, here’s what can happen:
- Violence against a spouse, girlfriend or “ex” partner (Penal Code 273.5) is a “wobblers” in California. This means that it can be looked at as either a felony or a misdemeanor. A FELONY CONVICTION IS PUNISHABLE BY UP TO 4 YEARS IN STATE PRISON. A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of UP TO 1-YEAR IN JAIL. A Felony charge is more likely if the victim has visible marks, bruises or requires medical attention.
- Furthermore, a domestic violence conviction — even one that only results in probation — will generally come with court-ordered Anger Management Classes. These Anger Management Classes are normally ordered for a 52-week period. Failure to complete the entire year will result in a violation of probation being filed against you. In addition to this, a domestic violence conviction can result in crippling fines.
- If you are accused of a crime in which the victim is related to you by marriage or lives with you, the offense probably falls within the mandatory domestic violence guidelines. Given the recent coverage of domestic violence incidents, these matters are now aggressively prosecuted by all agencies. A conviction may result in sanctions against your professional license, limitation of child visitation rights, loss of gun privileges, and mandatory counseling. Any conviction may carry jail and/or prison time. Click here to read more »
What We Can Do to Control It
Domestic violence goes far beyond the typical stories you hear so often in the news. It can involve a spouse, former spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, a child, parent or live-in partner. Hitting is but one aspect of domestic violence, a social issue across the globe that has a far-reaching impact.
One recent example making international headlines is that of entertainer Chris Brown who allegedly battered his pop singer girlfriend Rihanna February 8th. The incident is said to have taken place in Brown’s car on a Los Angeles street and photos leaked to the press reportedly show a bruised and battered Rihanna.
The media onslaught over the case has drawn attention to an important and often overlooked fact – that domestic violence is not just a problem for the poor and uneducated.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one partner uses violence or abusive behavior to control, intimidate or gain power over a partner or family member. It can include abuse that is physical, psychological, verbal, economic or sexual. Add alcohol, pills or other drugs to the scenario and you have a cocktail for disaster. Domestic violence can also escalate to murder, whether intended or not. Click here to read more »
California Looks Out for Youngest Victims of Domestic Violence
Family violence is a serious issue that plagues societies across the world and clogs up the already overburdened criminal justice system. Domestic abuse can occur between any two or more people living together – husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, partners, children, siblings, parents and others.
It can include any type of physical, emotional, monetary or sexual abuse, as well as property crimes. Most often, when we hear of domestic violence, it entails the physical aspect. This includes slapping, punching, biting, pushing, shoving, scratching, hair pulling and throwing things.
Domestic violence can have a detrimental impact on families but the youngest victims often rely on the courts to speak for them.
California Law Addresses Family Violence and Parental Custody
California Family Code Section 3044 attempts to speak for the children, addressing parental custody rights in families affected by domestic violence. Custody and visitation issues are among the most contested in cases of divorce, dissolution and legal separation.
Under this California state code, individuals who are convicted of or admit to committing domestic violence or abuse can lose child custody rights. Click here to read more »