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California sheriff convicted in domestic violence case

The San Francisco, California, county sheriff has been sentenced in connection with the domestic violence charges that were filed against him earlier this year. The sheriff was accused of domestic violence in February 2012 after an incident with his wife. The trial for the case has been highly publicized during the proceedings. The sheriff has been convicted and the focus has shifted to the repercussions the sheriff will face because of the conviction.

The California sheriff has been convicted and received a probation sentence of three years. In addition to the probation, the sheriff is also required to attend a year-long anti-domestic violence counseling program, complete community service and attend parenting classes.

The sheriff entered into a plea agreement, which required him to plead guilty to the charge of false imprisonment. In exchange for the guilty plea to the false imprisonment charge, three other charges for child endangerment, domestic violence and dissuading a witness were dropped.

Although the sheriff was only convicted of one of the four domestic violence charges, the local prosecutors claim the false imprisonment charge is considered a domestic violence charge. The plea agreement was entered into by the sheriff just before his trial started. A domestic violence trial could have presented issues of the sheriff’s alleged temper and infidelity, which may have been contributing factors towards the plea agreement. It was reported the sheriff met with the town’s mayor regarding his position as the sheriff, but no official comment has been given regarding the conversation or the sheriff’s continued employment.

In situations such as these, the issue may not stop even after a criminal conviction. Plea agreements may or may not include restrictions about contacting the victim. As a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to seek a restraining order or order for protection. A criminal sentence is a penalty for past actions; a restraining order protects the victim into the future.

Source: The Huffington Post,
“Will Ross Mirkarimi Resign? Pressure Mounts Over San Francisco Sheriff’s Conviction,” Paul Elias, March 20, 2012