If You Are Accused of Domestic Violence The Alleged Victim Cannot Be Put In Jail For Refusing To Testify Against You! (PC 273.5, PC 243)

By: Wallin & Klarich

Being accused of domestic violence or corporal injury on a spouse is an extremely serious charge. It can result in all of the following:

1) A felony criminal record
2) Up to three years in jail
3) A very high fine
4) A criminal protective order placed upon you where you will not be able to live with your spouse or “significant other” (if they are the alleged victim) or your children
5) A requirement that you complete a very difficult 52 week anger management program

With so much at stake it is critical you retain a highly experienced criminal defense law firm to help you from day one. In domestic violence cases there are different legal rules that often make it difficult for the prosecution to obtain a conviction. Many persons accused of domestic violence end up pleading guilty to the charge when in reality they could likely have had the charges dismissed if their case was being handled by Wallin and Klarich.

In domestic violence cases it is often the case that the alleged “victim” does not want their loved one found guilty of the crime. They often say they will refuse to testify. Well, in California if they follow through with this “threat” him or her CANNOT BE PUT IN JAIL BY THE JUDGE. They can be put on probation and ordered to do community service but they will not face jail time for this decision.

In many cases if the alleged victim refuses to testify it will be very difficult for the accused to be convicted. Often there are only two people present when the alleged abuse takes place. This means there are often no other witnesses for the prosecutor to call to testify if the alleged victim will not testify.

So if you are accused of corporal injury on a spouse there are many reasons to immediately contact Wallin and Klarich. We know the law. In many cases it is knowing the law that makes the difference between winning and losing your case.

If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence charges in California, don’t wait to call the aggressive domestic violence defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich at 888-280-6839. We will be there when you call.

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