Man Pleads to Felony Battery and Misdemeanor DUI to Avoid Years in Prison if Found Guilty at Trial

By Fatimah Patel

STANISLAUS, CA – The accused was charged in July with felony battery and a misdemeanor for driving under the influence, and this past week, in Stanislaus County Superior Court, he entered a plea bargain for three years felony probation to avoid the chance of a significantly higher sentence.

The accused’s public defender announced to the court a resolution had been made for both charges—the accused would be pleading no contest to both.

Before the plea to the felony was formally entered, the accused answered affirmatively when Judge Ricardo Córdova asked, “You understand the maximum sentence you could receive for the plea would be four years state prison?”

Judge Córdova then asked, “Are you pleading no contest to take advantage of the offer made to you today and to avoid taking the chance of receiving a more severe sentence had you gone to trial?” the accused admitted, “Yes.”

The accused formally plead no contest to the felony charge; Córdova found him guilty. After this plea, the prosecution moved to “dismiss the balance of the information in light of the plea and in the interest of justice” so his misdemeanor charge was dismissed and he was placed on three years formal felony probation.

He will also take a domestic violence counseling program and complete 40 hours of community service. In light of the accused’s unemployment, Córdova waived the $500 fine.

About The Author

Fatimah Patel is a Court Watch intern with The Davis Vanguard, and is currently a freshman student at UCLA pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is passionate about social justice, the law, and is always trying to learn new things! Naturally, she aims to go to law school and pursue a career as an attorney. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, and spend time with friends and family.

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