My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
My girlfriend and I got in a heated argument the other night, iinvolving a few drinks, which ended in her attacking my and scratching my neck and face. I was scared for her own safety since she seemed to have temporarily lost her mind. I called the police and next thing I know, she is facing felony charges for domestic violence. Since the argument, we have decided not to work out our differences, we both want to seperate, however, I do still care for her well-being. She just graduated from a good college and should have a lot to look forward to; it would devestate me to know her life was ruined over a single mistake.
The scratching left nothing more than a few painless marks on my neck; HOW COULD THIS POSSIBLY BE CONSIDERED A FELONY!?! Due to the lack of severity, is there any way she could get out of this without the felony? Also, many of the other forums stated that first offenders often receive a differed judgement without jailtime; is this true for felonies or only misdemeanors? I do believe she needs some help and counseling, but a felony with jailtime seems excessive. I just want to see this handled in a just and fair manner. Please, I need advice. Is this something that is possible?