A Ventura man will return to court in March for sentencing on a domestic violence conviction. The jury found the man guilty of inflicting corporal injury on a co-inhabitant, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness by force or violence. Additionally, they found multiple special allegations true. The special allegations included inflicting great bodily injury, and second and third strikes.
The jury found the man not guilty of exhibiting a deadly weapon. They also found a special allegation of using a deadly weapon not true. The court dismissed a single felony count of making criminal threats.
The suspect has a prior history of domestic abuse, kidnapping and making criminal threats. In a case that dates back to 2007, he pleaded guilty to five domestic assault felonies and two misdemeanors. In that case, the judge sentenced him to four years in prison. His previous convictions involved a different victim. Because of his history, the judge will sentence him under California’s Three Strikes law. When he returns to court, he could receive a sentence of more than 60 years in prison.
Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer
When you face charges of domestic abuse, your best defense strategy must include an experienced domestic violence lawyer. This case demonstrates the seriousness of the state’s Three Strikes Law. An accumulation of felony convictions can result in lifetime incarceration.
That’s hard to think about, but it’s very much true. California’s justice system is not forgiving of prior convictions. Convictions that would otherwise result in a short incarceration can quickly morph into life sentences. That’s why you need to rely on an experienced, aggressive attorney to defend you.
About 25% of California’s prison population is classified as a “striker.” That means these men and women are inching closer to lifetime incarceration. At one time, more than 1,300 third-strike prisoners were serving life sentences for petty theft. Don’t become part of this tragic statistic.
Work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.
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