50 Cent Domestic Violence Charge Dropped, Pleas Vandalism Charge, With Judge Eugene Hyman, Santa Clara, California

Singer 50 Cent won't be going back to jail, as he struck a deal with the prosecutor so that his recent domestic violence charge will be dropped.  The media is reporting that he will "only" be pleading guilty to vandalism, says retired Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman of Santa Clara, California. 

In California law, Hyman says there's a relationship test as to whether or not there's domestic violence and being that this case involved his child and the mother of the child, this would make it a case of domestic violence.  The probation conditions revolving around domestic violence include a 52 week program and formal probation for domestic violence, Hyman adds. 

With the way the press is reporting it, Hyman has some cocerns as tot whether or not he will be sent as someone convicted as having committed a domestic violence offense or just be penalized as if it were a simple fact of minor vandalism.

Reports indicate 50 Cent is under a current restraining order and under California and federal law, a person who has a restraining order is prohibited from owning firearms and he has several, which concerns Hyman.  Another issue is that under California law, if you're convicted of assault, you cannot possess a firearm for 10 years and it's unclear if vandalism under the context of domestic violence would require a prohibition against a firearm, says Hyman. 

Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network.  For more information on the article in the Wall Street Journal, click here.