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Domestic Violence Penalties

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What are the penalties for domestic violence?

Our objective at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP is to get the domestic violence charges dropped or reduced and to keep you out of jail. At all times, throughout your case, you can depend on our law firm to protect your rights and work for a result that fits your circumstances. The domestic violence penalty or punishment varies with each case.

However, in every domestic violence case where probation is granted, California Penal Code §1203.097(a) mandates that the court include the following conditions for a domestic violence conviction:

  • If convicted, a first-time domestic violence offender is usually placed on probation with a few days of jail time and community service.
  • Felonies can result in confinement in the state prison.
  • Misdemeanors can result in up to one year in the county jail.
  • Fines can be as much as $6,000 and up to $10,000 for a second offense.
  • The court can issue a “Stay-Away” order pending trial or a protective order with prohibitions against violence, threats, stalking, sexual abuse, and harassment.
  • If appropriate, an order excluding the defendant from the residence.
  • Offenders are usually required to complete a 52-week batterer’s counseling program.
  • A ten-year ban on the use or possession of a firearm.
  • Possible participation in a chemical dependency program.
  • Periodic court appearances for progress reports.
  • Penalties for domestic violence related offenses include significant fines, counseling, and 16 weeks of anger management classes.

Avoid serious penalties – Hire a criminal defense lawyer

The police, the prosecutors, and the courts in Los Angeles take domestic violence cases seriously. They do not want to face future criticism for ignoring a case that later escalates into a more serious incident or severe injuries. As former deputy district attorneys, we understand California domestic violence law and how prosecutors deal with domestic violence charges. You may have been arrested for felony domestic violence but those charges can often be lowered to misdemeanor domestic violence or even dismissed. We can work with the prosecutors and courts to make sure any domestic violence penalty is appropriate to your case, not someone else’s case. With a defense lawyer from our law firm by your side in any and all court proceedings, you have the invaluable opportunity of avoiding a conviction and all criminal penalties entirely.