Every day, people get arrested for spousal abuse after having an argument with their spouse. Many people accused of domestic violence have no prior criminal record. The District Attorney will try to take advantage of this by offering a plea bargain in which the accused avoids jail time. It is important to retain an experienced Southern California domestic violence attorney who knows the law to help you with your case before you consider accepting a plea bargain and entering a guilty plea.
Domestic Violence Penalties
A conviction for domestic violence can result in up to one year in county jail and $2,000 in fines. Many times, the District Attorney will offer a plea bargain in which the accused serves no additional jail time. The accused will have to complete a 52-week batterer’s program, pay a fine and be on probation for three years.
However, the guilty plea will also come with some additional not-so-obvious consequences. If you enter a guilty plea, you will never be able to possess a firearm in California and in most other states. Many accused persons are so excited to avoid a jail term, they do not take the time to consider the lifetime ban before they accept a plea of guilty in a domestic violence case.
Consult with a Southern California Domestic Violence Attorney
An experienced criminal defense attorney can use several valid defenses to beat a charge of spousal abuse. It would be a major error in judgment to consider entering a plea of guilty without first consulting with a knowledgeable domestic violence attorney. Your attorney can review the police reports and compare those reports to your written statement explaining what happened during the domestic dispute. Criminal defense lawyers can often find a winnable defense just by reviewing these reports.
In a high percentage of cases, the alleged victim of the spousal abuse does not wish to prosecute. They are embarrassed about the situation and thus do not wish to testify. If the District Attorney decides to proceed with the case, these factors can be helpful to your defense and can even lead to the case being dismissed.
How the Domestic Violence Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Can Help You
For over 30 years, the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully helping clients in their time of legal need. We can advise you if it is in your best interest to enter a guilty plea and we know the valid defenses to a domestic violence charge.
With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, the skilled criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can help you no matter where you are located. The experienced spousal battery lawyers are ready to provide you with the assistance you need during this difficult time.
Call us today at (888) 280-6839 for a free telephone consultation. We will be there when you call.