Potential Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge involving a Spouse in California

There are two types of charges involving a spouse in domestic violence. One is charged as a felony domestic violence and involves bodily injury resulting a traumatic condition (California Penal Code 273.5), and the other is a misdemeanor battery against a spouse (California Penal Code 243(e)(1)).

The final sentence for your case will fall along a spectrum that has been established by legislation. This range will differ based on the Penal Code section under which you have been charged, along with varying factors that comprise your background and the facts of your case. A person charged under California Penal Code 273.5, a felony, may be sentenced anywhere up to a year in county jail, 2 – 4 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000. In contrast, those charged under CPC 243(e)(1), a misdemeanor, may be charged with up to a year in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000.

Potential consequences for your case will depend on several different factors. Prosecution will consider you criminal background, relationship history as well as the specific facts of your case before proposing a final sentence to the Judge. There is a great amount of subjectivity open to argument and debate. An experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney has developed a solid reputation among the prosecutors and Judges in Los Angeles. It is through this knowledge that they are able to prepare a influential argument that will ensure your final sentence falls along the lower end of the spectrum and helps you avoid serving and jail time!

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