Legal Question in Criminal Law in California

can a wife be forced to testified against her husband on domestic charges that was not filed by the her? She has refused and has been charged $1000 for contempt of court already. This case happened in Sacramento, CA.

Asked on 1/31/12, 6:48 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Edward Hoffman Law Offices of Edward A. Hoffman

Yes. People generally can't be compelled to testify against their spouse, but there are exceptions. One of them is for domestic violence prosecutions. It doesn't matter that the wife isn't the one who filed the case, since individuals can never file criminal cases in California.

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Answered on 1/31/12, 6:52 pm


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