There is a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, but the court may suspend the remainder of the sentence conditional on the defendant completing a batterer’s treatment program. § 16-25-20.) Domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature is a felony, punishable by one to ten years’ imprisonment. If the trespasser had a dangerous weapon, it is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to ,000 and up to five years’ imprisonment. Third and subsequent offenses are felonies, punishable by one to five years’ imprisonment. There is a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail, but the court may suspend the remainder of the sentence conditional on the defendant completing a batterer’s treatment program. One of those concerns is giving teens the same punishment as adults convicted of domestic violence.South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers vice president Heath Taylor told the newspaper he believes the proposed penalties are too harsh since many teens may not understand when they are breaking the law. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, said the legislation is not dead despite the lack of a vote.If they are charged with CDV their military careers would be over.” Prosecutors are not without recourse in the interim, though.They can still file assault and battery charges in domestic incidents involving cohabiting couples, but it certainly appears as though they will not be able to press CDV charges until this issue is resolved.
The Charleston Post and Courier reports the proposed legislation would also require education in public schools on teen-dating violence, as well as increase penalties for those who commit related crimes.A state Senate subcommittee put off voting on the bill because some senators have a problem with increasing penalties for teens who commit dating violence.Under the legislation, teens who are convicted would be guilty of a felony and serve a maximum of 10 years consecutive to any other charge.Beatty’s advice was not heeded, though, meaning unless you are married, were formerly married or have a child with your abuser, . ” one lawmaker mulling possible reforms to the code told us.“What about two soldiers at Fort Jackson who get in a fight in the barracks?