Q: If sentenced in AZ other than CA and was granted to do the sentencing here do the terms of the sentencing change?
I got arrested for domestic violence in AZ and my sentencing was 26 sessions of DV counseling here in CA they are saying i need 52 weeks because it is state law. Is this true, do I have to follow the 52 weeks just because i was able to do counseling here in CA and not in Az?
A: Who is saying this? The courts or the domestic violence program? California Penal Code 1203.097 contains the requirements for domestic violence programs, including the 52 week duration. The program may not be willing to adjust the California requirements to fit your Arizona sentence. I would start by checking with your attorney in Arizona. If you can get a successful progress report from the California program after 26 sessions, the Arizona court might accept that as successful completion, or your attorney may be able to negotiate with the program provider for a shorter term.
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