If you have been charged with domestic violence in California, it can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on whether there was willful conduct of the perpetrator to inflict “corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition.” The California Penal Code section where the law can be found is 273.5. It is known as a wobbler because of the prosecutor’s discretion to charge the crime as a felony or a misdemeanor.
When domestic violence in California is charged as a felony the accused faces between 2 and four years in state prison. A criminal defendant faces up to a year in the county jail if the prosecutor files misdemeanor charges. Either way, the charges are serious and you need a criminal defense attorney that is experienced in defending against domestic violence charges in California. A person that is convicted of domestic violence in California face more than just time behind bars. There are numerous ways a domestic violence conviction will affect your life. If you are found guilty of a felony you will not be able to vote. Regardless if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence crime, you will not be able to own a firearm. An experienced domestic violence attorney will fight for your rights and defend your freedom. To discuss your domestic violence or other criminal defense matter and learn how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you, call at (209) 522-2211.