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02-14-2020 01:09 AM
Lexus
Re: Life sentence on domestic violence charge?

Domestic violence is a violent act committed against a person in a domestic relationship whom the law protects from assault, such as a spouse, a relative, or a dating or sexual partner. Some states also classify threats to commit violent acts against protected persons as domestic violence. Federal laws also make criminal certain acts that involve violence committed among persons in intimate relationships. In addition to criminal penalties, incidents of domestic violence can serve as grounds for court-issued protective orders that affect contact with the victim and child custody.

Domestic violence is considered a crime against the community and the "state" should prosecute all harms against the community. Such localities try to "get the word out" that local authorities will not tolerate domestic violence; offenses will be prosecuted with or without the assistance of the victim.

If the charge is serious enough to be a felony, such as when the violence leads to serious physical harm, death or rape, a defendant could face a prison sentence and fines. The length of prison sentence will vary depending on the severity of the crime and whether the defendant has prior violent crimes on his or her record. The most serious convictions can lead to a life sentence, or in some states where the death penalty is legal, a death sentence can (in the most severe circumstances) result from a domestic violence charge. Additional consequences of a felony conviction include losing the right to bare firearms, or if the convict is in the United States on a visa and is an unnaturalized person, they may be deported. Practicing physicians, nurses or other licensed professionals may have their license revoked if convincted of felony domestic violence. If children are involved, the penalties may also be more severe.

When there is no injury or a very minor one, fines are usually assessed and a charge can result in a short jail sentence. A misdemeanor can also result in probation time or required hours of therapy or treatment programs. If a person was on probation when the domestic violence occurred, this could mean more severe penalties; whereas if there were aggravating circumstances surrounding the act and the person has no record and otherwise good references, the penalties may be reduced. First time offenders may receive a lighter sentence, but not always.
02-13-2020 06:09 PM
adjusterjack
Re: Life sentence on domestic violence charge?

Unless he really tore her up, he'll probably plea bargain it down to a little jail time, probation, counseling, etc.
02-13-2020 12:35 PM
LIFT B
Re: Life sentence on domestic violence charge?

It's an actual case but just beginning.
I was just wondering how bad the sentence could be. Affa gave me some idea...arghh.
The arrested person is a close friend.
The whole event was unusual and way out of character for him.
The police and prosecutor are pursuing the case without the consent of the girlfriend.
02-13-2020 12:30 PM
adjusterjack
Re: Life sentence on domestic violence charge?

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Originally Posted by LIFT B View Post
Can anybody ever get life in prison for a DV assault where the victim did not die?

And the alleged attacker was also hurt by the alleged victim.
(she, the alleged victim, actually stabbed him, the attacker, in the arm first)
Depends on the circumstances. Why do you ask? Did this really happen? DID somebody get a life sentence? Are you the attacker wondering if you can get a life sentence? Are you the victim, hoping that your attacker gets a life sentence?

Speculative answers to hypothetical questions are meaningless without context.
02-13-2020 12:25 PM
AFFA
Re: Life sentence on domestic violence charge?

I wish to inform you that the laws of your State will have jurisdiction in this matter. In Alabama, a person who commits the offense of aggravated stalking against his former wife also commits the offense of domestic violence in the first degree, a Class A felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison. A defendant convicted of both the underlying offense and the family violence offense can be sentenced for only one of the offenses. You may contact a lawyer and seek guidance.

AFF
02-13-2020 05:00 AM
LIFT B
Life sentence on domestic violence charge?

Can anybody ever get life in prison for a DV assault where the victim did not die?

And the alleged attacker was also hurt by the alleged victim.
(she, the alleged victim, actually stabbed him, the attacker, in the arm first)

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