Aguon Bill Toughens 3 Strikes Policy for Domestic Violence Repeat Offenders

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Guam – Senator Frank Aguon Jr. is thanking his colleagues for supporting passage of his Bill #41, a measure which provides stiffer penalties for those convicted of domestic violence.

If signed into law, Bill #41 would require a 48 hours minimum imprisonment for first-time offenders; 30 days minimum imprisonment for second-time offenders; 1-year minimum imprisonment and a third-degree felony charge for third-time offenders.

READ Bill #41 HERE  

Offenders who have broken a protective order against the victim’s family will also receive stiffer penalties.

In a release, Senator Aguon says it “will ‘put teeth’ in the existing law modifying the ‘three strikes policy’ implemented in other states to reduce repeat offenders.”

READ Senator Aguon’s release below:

232″d GUAM LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL THAT WILL GET TOUGHER ON FAMILY VIOLENCE OFFENDERS

Senator Aguon thanks colleagues for unanimous support on Bill 41 »32, looks forward to eventual support by the Governor

Hagatna, GU – A iegislation that will improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence and at the same time provide victims with enhanced protections through stiffer penalties was approved by members of the 32nd Guam Legislature.

Bill No. 41-32 (LS), An Act to Amend Chapter 30, Title 9 of GCA relative to strengthening the penalties for crimes of family violence was sponsored by Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Vice Speaker BJ Cruz, Speaker Judy Won Pat and Senator Tony Ada, will “put teeth” in the existing law modifying the “three strikes policy” implemented in other states to reduce repeat offenders.

Once it becomes a law, upon conviction, there will be a 48 hours minimum imprisonment for first-time offenders; 30 days minimum imprisonment for second-time offenders; 1-year minimum imprisonment and a third-degree felony charge for third-time offenders.

Offenders who have broken a protective order against the victim’s family will also receive stiffer penalties.

Prior to the newly-passed Bill, there exist no statutory minimums in the Guam Code Annotated for repeat offenders of domestic violence crimes.

Under the Bill, a second offense will require a minimum 30 days in jail instead of a minimum 48 hours in jail and if a protective order is violated and bodily injury is involved, a minimum of one year of jail term is prescribed.

Bill No. 41-32 also dictates a higher priority to police calls involving family violence.

“Women and children many times still live in fear of abuse and at a time when women are beaten or killed by their husbands/boyfriends, we have to strengthen the penalties for domestic violence. With the passage of Bill 41, I would like to thank my colleagues for working with me to make our island safer by protecting innocent victims of domestic violence,” Senator Aguon said.

According to Senator Aguon, Bill 41~31 is a crucial step towards ending the cycle of abuse caused by domestic violence.

“I pray that these stiffer penalties would deter future family violence aggression and serve as a reminder that family violence will not be tolerated in our community,” Senator Aguon added.