For example, domestic abuse modifiers on charges of battery, disorderly conduct, and damage to property get dismissed to lesser charges and become just battery, disorderly conduct, and damage to property when the incident was recorded on audio?
Dismissing the domestic tag does not, by itself, lessen the severity of the charges, so the premise of your question is incorrect.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
Charge severity is essentially the classification of misdemeanor or felony (i.e. class A misdemeanor, or class G felony). The "domestic abuse" modifier does not change the maximum possible penalty as does a penalty enhancer such as "while armed". A conviction for a crime of "domestic violence" brings with it a federal prohibition from owning or possessing a firearm. A state charge of "domestic abuse" is not exactly the same as a federal crime of domestic violence. However, negotiation to remove the "domestic abuse" modifier does not automatically avoid the federal prohibition. It would be extremely important to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss all of these issues especially if you are concerned about the effect that any resolution of your case will have on your right to possess a firearm.
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Yes, if your concern is about firearm restrictions due to a domestic violence offense, you should hire an attorney who can advise you about what will need to be done if there is any type of plea in the case.
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