Penalties for Domestic Violence

Penalties for Domestic Violence

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Our society condemns those individuals who are accused of domestic violence. Even before a trial, a mere accusation can damage your reputation, your business, and your relationships. If you are convicted of domestic violence, however, the penalties are much more severe and can have long lasting consequences that are not always realized immediately.

At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, we diligently prepare each case to shield our clients from the lifelong consequences of criminal conviction. We have won countless acquittals and dismissals for the accused throughout Oakland and East Bay. Our firm utilizes a results-based approach built on thousands of cases tried in Bay Area courthouses. We want nothing less than to have serious charges resolved as quickly and as quietly as possible. We proudly help clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Concord, and the surrounding areas!

Penalties for domestic violence in California include:

  • Up to 3 years probation
  • Completion of 52-week mandatory batter's program
  • Protective order protecting the victim
  • $400 payment to fund domestic violence programs
  • Up to 30 days jail time or alternative work program
  • Fees associated with probation supervision
  • Misdemeanor charges
  • Community service
  • Up to 1 year in county jail for misdemeanors
  • Up to 5 years in prison for felony domestic violence
  • Up to $6,000 fines
  • Up to $10,000 fines if the conviction occurs within 7 years of a previous offense
  • Felony charges if the victim is seriously injured
  • Deportation

These penalties are harsh, impacting your ability to work, provide for your family, and maintain your lifestyle. In addition, if you are not a United States citizen, a domestic violence conviction could result in deportation or a denial of naturalization. As a defense lawyer, Attorney Ahmed has helped our clients successfully face ICE in court and prevent deportation.

If you are convicted of felony domestic violence, in which the victim was seriously injured, you could also owe the victim restitution for medical bills and will be subjected to prison terms and stricter probation terms. In addition, felony domestic violence convictions could result in a "strike" on your California criminal record. If you accumulate 3 strikes on your record, you will be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Probation as a Penalty for Domestic Violence

When a judge issues probation as a sentence for domestic violence, many Defendants feel a wave of relief. After all, probation is certainly better than jail. While this is true, probation carries some unforeseen hardships and can significantly impact your life.

While on probation, defendants are not allowed to own guns. You will also usually have a restraining order or protective order against you. This will reduce your ability to have contact with the alleged victim. If you have children, this alone could significantly reduce your time with your children and may even result in losing custody of your children.

While probation conditions can vary, the majority of probation sentences will require drug testing, completions of domestic violence programs, and fees that can be difficult to pay.

Arrested? Contact an Oakland domestic violence attorney to protect your rights and clear your name. Call (510) 907-6600 or contact us online for guidance and a free review of your options.

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