If you are facing domestic violence charges in California, the charges can be pursued as a felony or misdemeanor depending on whether there was the perpetrator inflicted “corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition.” The California Penal Code section for domestic violence can be found is 273.5. It is referred to as a wobbler because the prosecutor has discretion to charge the crime as a misdemeanor or felony.
In California, when domestic violence is charged as a felony the criminal defendant faces between 2 and 4 years in state prison. A criminal defendant could be sentenced to up to a year in the county jail if the prosecutor charges the crime as a misdemeanor. Regardless, criminal charges are serious and you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that defends against domestic violence charges.
An individual that is found guilty of domestic violence in California faces more than time behind bars. There are other ways in which a domestic violence conviction will affect the life of someone that has been convicted. You will lose your privilege to vote If you are found guilty of a felony domestic violence crime. Whether you are convicted of felony or misdemeanor domestic violence, you will not be allowed to own a gun.
A good domestic violence attorney will protect your rights and defend your honor and freedom. To discuss your domestic violence charges or other criminal defense matters and learn how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you, contact Macias Counsel, Inc. today.