This is the fifth and final in this blog series covering domestic violence in Placer County. The first four can be found here:
- The Placer County Domestic Violence Court and common domestic violence charges
- Victim and witness participation issues
- What to do if you’re involved in a domestic dispute and common defenses to domestic violence charges.
- Protective and restraining orders
This post will focus on sentence and probation in domestic violence convictions.
If you are convicted of a domestic violence charge, your sentence will depend on a number of factors. These include the particular crime you committed, any aggravating or mitigating circumstances that may exist, and the number of offenses you’ve committed.
Misdemeanor domestic violence crimes are punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine, or both.
Felony domestic violence crimes carry a lower, middle, and upper term sentence. The amount of jail time you face varies depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.
For instance, felony Penal Code Section 273.5 is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for two, three, or four years if probation is denied. Continue reading →