Redondo Beach, RN, Deferred Entry of Judgement & Dismissal
The District Attorney charged her with three misdemeanors: 1) Penal Code Section 273.5(a), corporal injury to a spouse; 2) Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), battery upon a cohabitant, spouse or one with whom defendant has a dating relationship; and 3) Penal Code Section 242, simple battery.
Synopsis: Redondo Beach, registered nurse client almost stabs husband with knitting needle, case plea bargained to delayed entry of judgment and dismissal.As with most cases of domestic violence, the alleged violence was a manifestation of stress. Here, our client, age 35, was attempting to become pregnant, so she stopped taking medication for manic depression, which affected her fertility. Complicating matters, she and her husband were recently involved in a car accident. When they argued ever so slightly on the evening of the alleged incident, our client picked up the knitting needle and her husband called the police.
The Torrance District Attorney viewed the case as extremely serious, first offering ten days in county jail, three years of summary probation, fines approaching $2,000, a donation of $400 to a battered women’s shelter and 52 weeks of anger management classes. The client would also have to pay the $390 booking fee.
Torrance Superior Courthouse
The big concern with our client was the effect of any plea bargain on her RN license. After several months of negotiation, our efforts were rewarded with a plea bargain wherein the District Attorney amended the complaint to allege assault, which helped with our client’s license issues, as assault is far less serious than battery or domestic violence. Our client would then plead no contest to assault only with a delayed entry of judgment for one year.
The District Attorney further agreed to dismiss all other charges in exchange for our client attending 26 anger management classes, paying a $150 fine, making a $400 donation to a battered women’s shelter and paying the $390 booking fee. Provided our client completes the anger management classes and pays the fines and fees, the assault charge will be dismissed in one year.
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