In my long career as a courtroom lawyer, I have handled hundreds of Domestic Violence cases and I know that an arrest for Domestic Violence can have terrible effects on your life that begin before you go to court and can last long after any court case started against you has ended.
- You will have to post FELONY BAIL if you want to get out of jail after you are arrested. Bail for a Domestic Violence arrest in San Luis Obispo County is $50,000.
- The police will get a judge to issue an Emergency Protective Order against you. This will prevent you from contacting your family and going into your own home. It will also require you to turn over all your guns to the police and you won’t be able to get them back for months or even years!
- If the DA files charges against you, you will have to go to court even if you get out of jail on bail. In court, the judge will impose a Criminal Protective Order against you, which will prevent you from contacting your family in any way, including by email or text message.
- If you get convicted of Domestic Violence you could be sentenced to prison or you will have to serve jail or state prison time and you will be put on probation for up to five years. While on probation you will be ordered to attend and complete a domestic violence counseling program that can last as long as one year.