February 8, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich


Corporal InjuryOne of the most notorious penalties for a domestic violence conviction is mandatory counseling. If you are granted probation after a domestic violence conviction, the court must order you to at least a year of a “batterer’s program,” which means weekly classes of at least two hours each. These programs are designed to stop future domestic violence by teaching participants to walk away from fights or express their anger in a nonviolent way. They use conventional classes, group therapy, individual counseling and other methods. With limited exceptions, the law says you cannot skip these classes, or your probation will be revoked and you could be sent to prison or jail.

You must pay for these domestic violence classes out of your own pocket if the court believes you can afford to. (The court uses a sliding scale to determine how much you can afford.) Probation will not be lifted until you successfully complete the program — to the satisfaction of the court and your parole officer — and until you finish making payments. If your parole officer, the prosecution or the court is not happy with your progress, they can order you to more classes — or revoke your probation and send you to jail or prison.

In addition to these domestic violence classes, the court may also sentence you to enter alcohol or drug counseling, if it believes substance abuse was a factor in the crime. This could mean outpatient therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings or even inpatient rehab. If you are in these programs, you may be subject to regular or random drug testing, to ensure that you’re following the program. And like the batterers’ programs, these substance abuse programs require mandatory attendance and a performance that satisfies the court and probation officer in your case.

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