Former Dodger Sentenced To Jail For Domestic Violence
Milton Bradley, the former Dodger outfielder who has had many behavior-related issues on and off the field, was sentenced last Tuesday to 2.5 years in Los Angeles County Jail and 5 years of probation. The sentence came after Bradley was convicted last month by a jury for kicking his wife and attempting to choke her.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Thomas Rubinson handed down the sentence, which also includes 400 hours of community service and the 52 week domestic violence and anger management class.
Last month a jury found Bradley guilty of, among other charges, four misdemeanor counts of spousal battery, two counts of criminal threats, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and brandishing a deadly weapon. These charges all stemmed from incidents in 2011 and 2012 where Bradley threatened to beat his wife with a baseball bat, kicked and choked her inside of their home.
As is apparent from this sentence, prosecutors and judges take incidents of domestic violence and spousal battery very seriously in Los Angeles County, particularly where there are injuries, threats and real fear by the victim. Each misdemeanor domestic battery or domestic violence conviction is punishable by up to 1 year in the Los Angeles County Jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Furthermore, each domestic violence-related conviction typically also carries a mandatory 52-week domestic violence and anger management class and a possible prohibition on owning a firearm for 10 years under state law.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence or spousal abuse, it is important to contact attorney Ross Erlich right away to protect your rights and freedom. There is a lot at stake when you are charged with domestic abuse and it is crucial for you to make sure your side of the story is heard.