Domestic Violence Charges: What You Need to Know
Whether the accused is innocent or guilty, domestic violence charges are serious and come with severe consequences. In many cases all that is required is a probable cause that the abuse was committed. Here at Barbarian Bail Bonds we believe in treating our clients as innocent until proven guilty. If you or a loved one has been arrested and accused of domestic violence, you are probably wondering what is going to happen next. Here is an overview of everything you need to know.
Is Domestic Abuse a Felony or a Misdemeanor?
According to the California law, domestic violence may be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The categorization of the charge will depend on the extend of the injuries caused by the other party. In many cases if the charge is classed at a felony, your lawyer may put a plea forward in order to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.
What Is the Bail for Domestic Violence Charges?
Generally, when you are arrested, the courts set a bail amount. If you post bail, you can go home and prepare for your trail. The amount of your bail varies based on the nature of the crime, your past criminal history, your likelihood of fleeing the area before the trial, and several other factors.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, your bail may be relatively low. In fact, it may be as low as $500. With felony charges, the bail can be substantially higher. Some judges may assess $25,000 as bail for a misdemeanor, and they may double that amount if the victim was seriously injured, to $50,000 for a felony. On top of that, if you have violated a restraining order, you may face an increased bail, ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 more.
The system is biased against those accused of charged with domestic violence. At Barbarian Bail Bonds we believe in treating our clients as innocent until proven guilty. If your loved one has been incarcerated for domestic violence, we will help you with the bail process so that they may have a fair chance at defending themselves against these charges. Contact us for more information and if you have questions about the nature of California domestic violence charges.