DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is defined as the willful infliction of an injury upon a spouse or cohabitant. Former spouses and former cohabitants are included in the protected class as well as the mother or father of a child in common. A domestic violence charge may be filed as a misdemeanor of a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and the seriousness of any injuries.
Persons convicted on a felony level charge face up to six years in state prison. Misdemeanor level cases warrant up to one year in the county jail. In addition to custody time, community service, a large fine and a one year counseling class are mandatory if convicted.
Sal Ciulla has over 35 years experience in handling criminal cases such as assaults and domestic violence. These cases are often very traumatic for victim and defendant alike. Mr. Ciulla’s office is sensitive to the dynamic involved. Ineffective representation can result in families being torn apart. Criminal court restraining orders can separate spouses from each other for years, and also separate a parent from his or her children. Don’t go to court unprepared. In the courtroom, there is no substitute for experience.
People v. Kevin H. Attorney charged with felony domestic violence, reckless discharge of a firearm, and child endangerment. In addition to facing a stiff jail sentence and being restrained from seeing his wife and kids, defendant was also in jeopardy of losing his state bar license and his ability to practice law. Plea negotiations with the prosecutor and the court resulted in all felony charges being dismissed. A plea was entered to misdemeanor possession of a firearm. No jail. No restraining order. No state bar repercussions.