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 believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. As such, we fight aggressively for all our clients and work diligently to have these serious charges dismissed as quickly and as quietly as possible.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in California
These penalties are harsh and can significantly impact 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.
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.
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 Our Oakland Domestic Violence Attorney.