The penalty for a domestic assault can include;
- restrictive bail conditions
- criminal record for life
- the accused may not be allowed to return home
- the accused maybe required to find some place else to live.
After being charged with a domestic assault the police will fingerprint and photograph the accused and require them to have a bail hearing.
The bail hearing is a hearing before a justice of the peace to ensure:
- the identity of the accused is known
- the accused will appear in court for trial
- that the accused will not repeat the offence or any other while awaiting trial, and
- that all evidence has been obtained for the trial
The greatest concern in a bail hearing for the justice is that the accused will not repeat the domestic assault and that there is no further threat the victim.