February 4, 2014
Domestic violence cases in Ventura County often begin as simple verbal disagreements that escalate out of control very quickly. These cases may appear harmless, but they can have serious financial, social, and professional implications. If the incident escalates into a physical confrontation and someone feels threatened or gets hurt, the resulting criminal charges can be severe.
It is common for individuals who have been arrested for domestic violence to feel ashamed, embarrassed, and remorseful. They should also feel concern for their future. If the charges result in a conviction, the criminal penalties may include:
- County jail sentence for a misdemeanor and up to three years in prison for a felony conviction
- Domestic violence counseling for up to a year
- Community service
- Fines and court fees
- A restraining order
Furthermore, individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence experience complications when applying for a job because of their criminal record. The facts of each particular case will determine the severity of the consequences. If you are facing domestic violence charges in Ventura County, you could face misdemeanor charges if there are no visible injuries that resulted from the altercation. Those charges can increase to a felony if there is an injury, even if it is something as seemingly minor as a bruise.
Anyone facing domestic violence charges would be well advised to exercise their right to remain silent. Do not answer questions from the authorities and do not attempt to call or speak to the alleged victim. Instead, request to speak to an attorney. The consequences of a conviction are too severe to risk hurting your case. The experienced Ventura County domestic violence defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann can help you fight the charges and build a winning defense. Please contact us today for a free consultation. Click here to read more about domestic violence law.