Rancho Palos Verdes, Husband Uses Large Knife, Slaps Wife

It was a horrific scene that started out quite innocently.  Or so it seemed.  Our client’s wife had gone to Las Vegas with their daughters for a convention.  The husband, our client, suspected that his much younger wife was cheating on him and actually in Las Vegas with another man.

When his wife and daughters returned in the bus rented for the trip, he was there, grilling his kids with questions about what mom did all weekend.  The wife thought it was strange, but soon realized what his questions sought to find out.
In a Nutshell:  Rancho Palos Verdes, Our Client Tells Client, “Now You Will Die” and Grabs Large Knife, Slaps Wife Twice.
Once home, he raised the Koran and demanded that his wife tell him the truth about an affair.  When she denied any extramarital affair, he slapped her twice across her face and announced, “Now you will die.”  In front of his two horrified daughters, he then grabbed his wife by her ankles and dragged her through the house to the kitchen.  Once in the kitchen, he grabbed a large knife.

At this moment, the wife wrestled the knife away from her husband and ran outside the house to the neighbor’s home, where she called the Lomita Sheriffs.

Our client was quickly arrested and the wife was taken to Torrance Memorial Hospital.  Photographs from the hospital showed a large bruise on her forehead, cuts on her hands and feet and a small bruise on her forehead.

Our client, age 52 and with no record, was later charged in the Torrance Superior Court with felony criminal threats (Penal Code § 422), a strike, and felony domestic violence (Penal Code § 273.5).  Because the knife was used and there were injuries, the client faced a maximum of eight years in state prison if convicted.

The client then hired Greg Hill & Associates.  He insisted that the entire incident was just a giant misunderstanding and that he loved his wife, who he had been married to for sixteen years.  He explained that a great deal of the tension in the family was caused by his own mother, age 82, living with the family and constantly nagging.

Greg Hill negotiated with a skeptical district attorney, who was respectful of the client due to his age, but also concerned that the abuse would continue.  After weeks of negotiating, during which time the client began attending two batterers’ program classes per week, the district attorney finally agreed to a probation only sentence and no strike.

However, the plea bargain reached was a tough one.  The client pled “No Contest” to a felony charge of domestic violence and the criminal threats count was dismissed.  The client received a five year joint suspended sentence, wherein he was sentenced to five years in state prison, suspended.  He was ordered to five years of felony probation and ordered to attend fifty-two sessions of the batterer’s program, as well as serve thirty days of community service.  Most importantly, the court allowed the client to move back into his home, modifying the protective order to peaceful contact.
This was far better than facing a felony that could have been deemed a strike as a serious and violent felony. 

For more information about the issues in this case, click on the following articles:
  1. What Punishment Do I Face for Domestic Violence?
  2. Will the Prosecutor Dismiss the Domestic Violence Case if the Victim Will Not Testify or Appear at Trial?
  3. What Is Summary Probation?
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