Domestic violence is a crime that can have a range of different consequences. There are many factors that play into the outcome of a domestic violence charge. No matter what the circumstances are, a person that is charged with domestic violence needs to find a good attorney. Having the right attorney can mean the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge.
There are two distinct differences between crimes of domestic violence and other crimes. First, police and prosecutors do not use discretion in domestic cases. Normally when a crime is committed police arrive at the scene and then conduct an investigation to figure out if the events are reason for arrest and subsequent prosecution. With domestic cases, police arrive and if they find even the smallest suggestion of violence, the offender will be arrested and prosecuted.
Secondly, domestic cases are different in terms of witness and victim testimony. In most criminal cases, a witness or victim that changes their story is considered unreliable and this can drastically change the outcome of the case. However, in a domestic crime, victims quite often change their story due to the fact that they love the offender and do not want them to be prosecuted. Prosecutors find these differentiations in testimony to be irrelevant and this does not impact the case.
One state that has taken a very tough stand against domestic crimes in recent years is California. California domestic violence is just as common as in any other state. However, nearly every district attorney office in the state of California has special units that focus solely on prosecuting individuals charged with domestic violence crimes. Most often the case will go to trial even after a victim tries to change their story or say that the event never happened. Jail time is usually inevitable for most cases of domestic assault.
It is important to keep in mind that there are different factors that play into the accusation and arrest of someone charged with domestic assault. Oftentimes people are innocent and are wrongly accused with this type of crime. False allegations are made due to feelings of jealousy, anger, or to play the victim and get the most out of a divorce or custody case. It may also be that the appearance of a domestic crime is really an accident or an individual that is acting in self defense. No matter what the situation is, specially trained domestic violence attorneys will look at all the facts and show the courts your side of the story.