California law maintains a very strict handling of DUI offenders. First time offenders, depending on the jurisdiction, can expect probation, [...]
Anger Management & Parenting Classes
In cases involving violence, such as assault & battery and domestic violence, the possible jail penalties may be significantly affected by early enrollment in an anger management program or domestic violence counseling. Even though these programs may be ultimately required as a part of probation, the fact that the client has already initiated counseling may place him/her in a stronger negotiating position. This is especially true when the client and his/her spouse (or significant other) are desirous of reconciling. Couples counseling may also be appropriate, subject to certain conditions and circumstances.
For those charged with child endangerment or cruelty to a child, parenting classes may be an effective and appropriate alternative to spending time in custody. Because these types of offenses are given a great deal of review and attention in the criminal justice system, a well prepared report from a licensed therapist or counselor can be very effective in placing the incident into context (lack of criminal history of the client, the manner of discipline imposed by the parent or guardian, the behavior of the child, the ability of the parent to make appropriate changes in their own behavior/discipline styles, etc).
Such a report may provide further helpful/mitigating information to the prosecutor, who may be willing to revise a jail offer. The report should include a thoughtful and detailed treatment plan for the client.