What can I be sentenced to for domestic violence?
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Second offense: misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.
Third offense or more: felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
It should be noted that the offenses need not occur upon the same victim for increased sentencing procedures to be imposed. Thus, assume the defendant has a conviction against a former spouse. If the defendant is later alleged to have committed an act of domestic violence again against someone he or she is dating later on, it would be considered a second offense.
Also, there are no time limits to impose a second, third, or greater offense against the defendant. In other words, if the defendant receives his or her second or third offense 20 years after the first or second offense, the prior convictions still count. That’s true even if the defendant had his or her first conviction expunged through the deferral program.
For many individuals, a domestic violence conviction is simply not an option. A conviction for domestic violence has significant and permanent collateral consequences. You need quality representation from an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your rights. Give us a call and set up an appointment to see if we’re the right law firm for you. We understand the pressure you’re under. Let us help relieve some of your stress by pointing you in the right direction.*