Repeat Domestic Violence Offenders
Interviewer: What are the stakes for repeat offenders, if you’ve ever been convicted of domestic violence and commit another crime?
Ladan Law: Repeat violence—That is definitely a problem. Those cases can be upgraded to felony charges and I can tell any defendant that’s looking at a repeat violence allegation, that they’ve really got an uphill battle. Judges take that very seriously. It is a third-degree felony that could be punishable by up to five years of probation or prison or a combination thereof. So repeat offenses are treated very seriously.
Repeat violence raises the stakes immensely. However, with that being said there are victims of domestic violence that use threats and false allegations as a method of control of the other party. So, we got to take a good look at the people involved, and that’s on a case-by-case basis. But certainly repeat violence is a huge cause for concern and it is very likely that the state will feel morally obligated to intervene if they’ve been accused more than once.
Interviewer: Is there anything else I should ask you about this, that we haven’t covered?
Ladan Law: That’s really a general overview. There’s a lot of minutia when it comes to the domestic violence statutes and certainly it is absolutely dependent on a case-by-case basis due to the facts and the alleged facts and the interaction with police, and the victim’s behavior and the defendant’s behavior. So, a this was a quick general overview, but feel free to contact one of the attorneys here at Ladan Law and we will sit down with you without charge, go through the allegations against you, advise you at to what the law is, and you’ll be able to make an educated decision as to your best course of action.