Domestic Violence cases are some of the most serious crimes in our modern society. These cases range from a simple battery such as a slap in the face to first degree murder. Apart from the physical pain that the victim suffers, other consequences include: families being torn apart when the perpetrator goes to jail or prison or gets deported and children learning the terrible message that violence is the way to settle family disputes. The fact scenario almost always involves the physcially stronger partner/spouse abusing the weaker one.
Many times the abuser learned his or her violent behavior from watching hir or her parents. Chilldren witnessing a parent hitting another parent, grow up thinking that this is normal behavior. When that child becomes an adult he or she does the same thing perpetrating The Cycle of Violence.
Over the past decade the California Criminal Justice System has made prosecuting domestic violence cases a priority. Today if someone is convicted of domestic violence they will face harsh punishment including jail or prison time, hefty fines, domestic violence counseling, a 10 year ban on owning a firearm and other consequences. If they are an immigrant they may also face deportation because the Federal Government has also emphasized penalties for domestic abusers.
If someone is charged with Domestic Violence it's important that they hire a top notch San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney. While it's tough to beat these cases, it's not impossible,and sometimes these cases can be negiotated down to a less serious offense.