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    What to Know before Pleading Guilty to a Domestic Violence Charge

    Posted on: August 4th, 2021 by Dod Law

    What to Know before Pleading Guilty to a Domestic Violence ChargeEvery day there are many people accused and arrested for domestic violence. Most of those convicted of domestic violence have no previous criminal record and are unfamiliar with the penalties that the crime incurs. Depending on the claims and the circumstances of your case, you may face jail or prison time and significant fines. 

    When you are accused of a domestic violence case, there may be an offer for a lower jail time and other penalties if you plead guilty. While that may sound like a good deal, there are many other consequences for a domestic violence charge that can affect your job, family, and freedoms. An experienced personal attorney can help you navigate your charges and provide honest legal advice for your best choice of action.

    Types of Domestic Violence Charges in California 

    Domestic violence can happen in more than just couples. While many people’s initial thoughts of domestic violence are for those in romantic partnerships, there are many different types of abuse that fall under the domestic abuse category. For example, a parent can neglect their child and the responsibilities that come with them, which is considered a form of domestic violence. 

    A few examples of the various types of domestic violence charges are:

    • Domestic Battery
    • Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Endangerment
    • Aggravated Trespass
    • Elder Abuse

    Depending on the case, most of the above examples can either be classified as felonies or misdemeanors, except corporal injury to a spouse or inhabitant. Someone convicted of corporal injury to a spouse or inhabitant is charged with a felony in California. These charges are serious, and each carries different punishments depending on the severity and evidence provided. 

    Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

    The repercussions of a domestic violence charge can affect everything around you. Not only will you be responsible for paying fines, but you may also be sentenced to probation or jail time. Each type of domestic violence charge has different consequences and discussing your charges with an attorney will help develop your defense. 

    Some penalties you may receive if convicted of domestic violence include:

    • Criminal record
    • Loss of custody
    • Required participation in domestic violence classes
    • Mandatory minimums
    • Participation in batterers programs
    • Deportation

    Accusations of domestic abuse can lead to life-changing repercussions. Your reputation, freedom, and relationships are dependent on the outcome of your case, so it is crucial that you contact a defense attorney immediately. 

    How Can a Defense Attorney Help with Your Domestic Violence Case?

    A domestic violence case is a serious matter, and California has damaging penalties if you are convicted. When you have a defense attorney on your side, they will sort through all the necessary documentation and provide legal representation in conflicts. Here are a few examples of how a defense attorney can help your case:  

    • Conduct a thorough investigation
    • Research facts and gather evidence
    • Analyze the prosecutor’s case
    • Negotiate penalty offers and deals
    • Examine witnesses
    • Help formulate a plea
    • Offer advice on potential immigration consequences

    When someone with experience guides you through legal proceedings, you have a higher chance of receiving favorable outcomes. If you have questions about your case, a defense attorney will offer honest and reliable advice. 

    Trust an Experienced California Defense Attorney at Dod Law Today

    An accusation of domestic violence is frightening, and our team at Dod Law is ready to help. With 17 years of experience navigating through legal defenses and representing clients, Attorney Dod is passionate about providing you with knowledgeable guidance and reliable support. Attorney Dod has worked on more than 6,500 cases and continues to offer solid defenses for all his clients.

    Call (619) 814-5110 or fill out our online contact form for more information about our services. 

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