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Information About California Domestic Violence Laws and Penalties

By Chad Lewin on February 22, 2016

Domestic violence is a national problem. California is known for being tough on domestic violence offenders. The Golden State has two common domestic violence charges: corporal injury and spousal battery. Here are the differences between the two:

  • Corporal Injury: an injury one person suffers caused by another person. It doesn’t matter how serious the injury (or wound) is, hitting someone else can lead to a domestic violence charge. Don’t forget: if the police are called to the scene of a domestic violence situation, if one person is injured in any way, the police are going to make an arrest.
  • Spousal Battery: in this charge, a person is accused of hitting a spouse, former spouse, fiancee, or person you’re involved in an intimate relationship with.

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Posted in: Domestic Violence

Five California DUI Alternative Sentence Options

By Chad Lewin on February 18, 2016

An experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney can help you explore possible alternative sentences to jail. Alternative sentences can be just as effective as jail time, but still allow people to keep their jobs and get the alcoholism treatment they need. Many California judges agree that alternative sentences benefit both the state and the DUI offender. Below are the most common alternative sentence options.

Electronic Monitoring

Under California Penal Code Section 1203.017, when a county jail facility becomes too overcrowded, misdemeanor level inmates can be required to serve out the remainder of their sentence confined to their homes. This is also called “House Arrest.” Under this sentence, you’ll have to wear an electric monitor bracelet around your ankle. It monitors where you are at all times. Read the rest »

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