He has a dropped charge on domestic violence on his record with his ex girlfriend over three years ago. He attended court yesterday for the domestic violence charge, but is now stating that he is being charged with battery on an ex and fiancé.
Your question is so unclear that I don't even understand it. Bottom line -he needs a lawyer that he can sit with and explain the situation in detail. Only then can the lawyer answer your questions.
I don't understand your question. Please have your fiancé speak with this attorney--he needs an attorney because he's being charged with battery on his "ex" and his you? Did your report a DV incident or has been engaged to multiple women?
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--20 years experience
I'm not completely clear with the information in your description. His best option is to consult with a local criminal attorney who could review his charges to determine the best course of action.
The "penalty" could very possibly be jail time, or even state prison time. He needs an attorney. NOW. If he can't afford one, he's entitled to a Public Defender.
They would have made an offer to him yesterday, so he should know what he is looking at. You don't specify whether he is being charged with a Felony or Misdemeanor. Also, his prior domestic violence incident, even if it was dropped, can come in under Evidence code 1109.
His attorney will have the details of any offer. At a bare minimum he will be placed on at least 3 years probation, ordered to attend 52 DVC classes. If charged as a misdemeanor, he is facing 1 year (if there was only 1 incident); if it is a felony, he could get as much as 3 years in prison.
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