Whittier, Second Time Domestic Violence, No Jail
No judge, moreover, wants to be known as the judge who allows minimum punishment for domestic violence, as it sends the message that the judge is reluctant to punish or simply nice to criminals.
In the case of our client, age 27 and with a prior record for not only domestic violence against his wife, but two DUI’s, the second-time domestic violence consequences were a big issue.In 50 Words or Less: Whittier, second time domestic violence, client throws beer can at wife, hits her in face, no jail.
He was drinking one afternoon. His wife suggested they pick up some hamburgers from a local fast food restaurant, so she and he drove there. As they were returning to their home, they each grabbed for the same soda in the car’s cup holder.
Our client said nothing to police. He knew from earlier experiences with the police to remain silent.
Our client then posted the bail bond for the $50,000 bail amount. He then called Greg Hill & Associates and met with Greg the same day. The wife came along with the husband.
The case was still filed, although as a misdemeanor, which Greg Hill found out from the District Attorney was seen as quite a charitable overture by the DA’s office. Consequently, the initial offer of sixty days in County Jail was not unexpected. Moreover, as alcohol was involved, the judge assigned to the case required that our client attend four AA meetings per week while the case was pending.
Through a Defense Position Letter explaining the very minor nature of the case and a talk with the head DA in Whittier, Greg Hill was lucky enough to improve the offer to the point where the District Attorney struck the prior allegation and our client accepted a plea bargain with just 13 days of community service. Our client did not serve one day in jail, although he was placed on three years of summary probation and did have to make a $400 contribution to a battered women’s shelter (this contribution amount is now a statutory minimum $500).
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