Penalties for Domestic Violence in Santa Ana, California
The determination of the level of the offense is based on the circumstances of the crime, the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, and the offender’s criminal record. The punishment for a domestic violence conviction depends on the specific type of crime and its severity. Most counties impose a minimum jail sentence of 30 days for any type of domestic violence conviction.
Common domestic violence crimes and their penalties include:
- Corporal injury to a spouse or inhabitant – A felony punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison for a first offense.
- Domestic battery – A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
- Child abuse – A first time offense is punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
- Child neglect/failure to provide care – A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
- Child endangerment – A misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail unless the child is not at risk of great bodily injury (in which case it is a wobbler).
- Elder abuse – As a misdemeanor, the offense can be punished by up to 1 year in jail. As a felony, the crime carries a prison sentence of up to 4 years.
- Stalking – When charged as a misdemeanor, the punishment includes up to 1 year in jail. When prosecuted as a felony, the defendant could face as much as 3 years in prison.
- Criminal threats – As a misdemeanor, the crime can be punished by up to 1 year in jail. As a felony, the offender can be sentence to up to 4 years in prison.
A domestic violence conviction can affect your life in several additional ways, including:
- Imposition of a restraining order
- A permanent criminal record
- Loss of custody rights
- Loss of gun rights
- Payment of victim restitution
- Mandatory participation in a batterer’s intervention program
- Immigration consequences
Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates Domestic Violence Legal Counsel
The Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates provides personalized legal representation for those accused of domestic violence. When you entrust your case to us, we can take the time to meticulously evaluate all the details of your case and craft a strategic defense against your charges.
There is a range of potential defenses that our Santa Ana domestic violence defense lawyer can employ, including:
- The alleged act of domestic violence was an accident
- The defendant’s actions were not the cause of the alleged victim’s injuries
- The accused was acting in self-defense or attempting to defend another person
- The alleged victim made a false accusation against the defendant
Accused of domestic abuse? Contact the Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates at (714) 852-3858. Our Santa Ana domestic violence attorney is ready to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.