Penal Code § 273.5 Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed!

Penal Code § 273.5 Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed!

Recently, at the West Covina Courthouse our office obtained a dismissal on a Penal Code section 273.5 charge. Our client was originally charged with two counts: Penal Code section 273.5 (Domestic Violence Injuring a Spouse) and Penal Code section 243(e)(1) (Battery) arising out of an incident with her husband of over thirty years.

We presented a mitigation package to the District Attorney’s Office and worked with the Deputy District Attorney assigned to prosecute the case to divert the charge under Penal Code section 1001.51.[1] The Judge handling the matter was reluctant to divert the case given the charges but, after strong advocacy, we obtained a pre-plea dismissal under Penal Code section 1385, a complete dismissal!

Effective advocacy and persistence achieved a great result for our client.


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[1] For the full text of the statute see: California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 1001.51