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Michael Berg

Michael Berg, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Domestic Violence Penalties

San Jose Criminal Defense Attorneys

Domestic violence is a serious criminal charge. If you are convicted, California courts are required to issue a protective order against you on behalf of the complainant . Additionally, you face a variety of significant, expensive, time-intensive outcomes, including:

  • A minimum sentence of three years of probation.
  • Completion of a mandatory 52-week batterer’s program.
  • Various fines that can total in the thousands of dollars.
  • Possible restitution for hospital bills.
  • Possible jail time.
  • Devastating consequences in future custody or alimony disputes.
  • Non-citizens also face deportation, denial of naturalization, or loss of eligibility for H1-B or work visas.

It can be overwhelming, confusing, and frustrating to contemplate consequences this severe, especially if you have been wrongfully accused. As a result, it is vital that you seek out quality legal representation as soon as you are charged with domestic violence. San Jose Criminal Law has won numerous awards, including being named Criminal Defense Firm of the Year by San Jose Magazine. If you are arrested for domestic violence in the Silicon Valley, call 800-631-9579 for a free and confidential consultation.

Avoid Maximum Penalties

The terms of probation for individuals convicted of domestic violence can also lead to many limitations on freedom, including:

  • Not being permitted to own firearms.
  • Submitting to drug testing.
  • Participating in substance abuse counseling.
  • Participating in anger management counseling.

Failure to meet the terms of probation can result in additional jail time. Having a conviction on your record also means that subsequent charges may be treated as more serious offenses. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to demonstrate your good intentions to the court system and avoid maximum penalties. There are a variety of actions you can take to make a difference in your cae, including voluntarily going to therapy, enrolling in domestic violence programs, and attending alcohol or substance abuse meetings and collecting proof of your attendance and letters of support.

Our team includes former criminal prosecutors. As a result, we know firsthand how our opponents build these types of cases, and we have the experience to defend you against them. Call San Jose Criminal Law at 800-631-9579for a free consultation with San Jose domestic violence lawyers. We are on your side no matter how challenging your case may be.