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Misdemeanor vs. Felony Domestic Violence

In the state of California, a domestic violence charge can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. There are no specific criteria for one or the other, but the nature of your case will be evaluated to determine the level of the crime. Generally, if the accused caused substantial physical harm, or if there were weapons involved, it is more likely to turn into a felony charge. The prosecutor is the person who decides whether to charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony case, the charges are very serious. Do not hesitate to contact a knowledgeable San Jose criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. It is in your best interest to call us as soon as possible at (408) 296-4100.

Potential Penalties for Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charges

You may be wondering about the possible repercussions you could face if charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. These potential sentences include:

  • Fines
  • Community service hours (up to 40)
  • Counseling for up to 52 weeks
  • A “No Contact” order
  • As much as 6 months of jail time

Consequences for Felony Domestic Violence

On the other hand, those charged with felony domestic violence could face the following if convicted:

  • Cash fines
  • Community service hours (up to 40)
  • Counseling for up to 52 weeks
  • A “No Contact” order
  • Between 3 months and 3 years of prison time

The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony domestic violence charge is huge in terms of jail time. It could have a profound impact on your life.

Contact Us

A San Jose criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., will be dedicated to your defense from beginning to end. Contact our offices today at (408) 296-4100 for a consultation regarding your rights and options if you have been accused of domestic violence.

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