In California, domestic violence can either be a felony or a misdemeanor. Typically, the delineation point is how grievous are the injuries or how visible they are. If you have just pushed someone or you have potential hair pulling or slab that's not readily visible, that can be considered a misdemeanor. Once you get into the level where you have broken noses, split lips, broken teeth, or broken bones, now we're talking about not just domestic violence but potentially domestic violence with great bodily injury, which is going to add not only a felony but potential enhancements for state prison time.
With a right lawyer, you can also have a felony get reduced to a misdemeanor, and that comes with knowing domestic violence and having the history and experience that we do, with being able to look at a case and say, "Okay, yes, they filed this as a felony, but it's overcharged, and it would be more appropriate for a misdemeanor." Have you been charged with domestic violence? At Newman & Allen, we're here for you. Give us a call today.