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Domestic violence s a title given to a crime against a partner in a relationship.  The punishment for this crime depends on the base crime committed.  For example, a domestic violence case involving assault would carry the punishment of an assault case, where as a domestic violence case involving kidnapping would carry the punishment of a kidnapping case. It is important to know this, as the severity of the crime is what dictates the severity of the punishment.

Any case in Municipal Court carries a maximum of six months of jail and a fine of $1,000.  The majority of domestic violence cases are heard in Municipal Court.  However, indictable charges (meaning more serious offenses) would be heard in the Superior Court.  The consequences depend on the severity of the charge from a fourth degree offense to first degree murder.

If you have domestic violence questions, we have answers.

You can:

  1. Request a free copy of An Immigrant’s Guide to Municipal Court – Here I discuss what happens if you get arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement, what you need to know to get out of custody, and what to expect if you are placed in removal hearings.  I also explain the municipal court process and how a municipal court matter can result in your being placed into removal proceedings.
  2. Call our knowledgeable staff at 888-695-6169;
  3. Fill out our contact us form on this page; or
  4. Select our live chat feature to speak to someone right away.

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