Domestic violence crimes can be charged as either misdemeanor or felony offenses and how the case is filed is based on the seriousness of the case and the criminal history of the accused. Serious injury including severe cuts or broken bones will almost always result in felony charges. Being convicted of a domestic violence related offense could result in imprisonment, probation, community service, court ordered counseling, and/or large fines.
Often times domestic violence cases are treated differently than other criminal cases within a District Attorneys office and many District Attorneys have designated Domestic Violence units with specially trained prosecutors within their offices. District Attorneys offices are aggressively prosecuting all types of domestic violence cases even if the alleged victim did not want you arrested and does not want you prosecuted!
Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a persons best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight domestic violence charges. Additionally, it is important that people charged with domestic violence seek guidance from a lawyer as they may be subject to the strict terms of a restraining order or an order of protection, which may prohibit them from having contact with the alleged victim or entering their own residence.