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Santa Clarita lawyer charged with domestic assault to defend his name in court

The trial is underway in the domestic assault case of Santa Clarita attorney and SCV Water Agency board member Daniel Mortensen, who was charged with one count of assault and injuries on a spouse in 2020.

At approximately 11 p.m. on April 12, 2020, Mortensen was arrested and transported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of assaulting his wife in a residential community in Newhall, according to the City Sheriff’s Department Information Locator. Los Angeles County.

With bail initially set at $50,000 — the standard amount for bodily injury on a spouse — Mortensen’s felony charges were quickly reduced to one misdemeanor count of battery, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information. Finder.

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In criminal law, the term bodily injury refers to any physical injury that causes a traumatic condition,” as described in Penal Code 273.5. “It usually means a visible or verifiable injury, whether mild or severe. The existence of a bodily injury can be an element of a violent crime such as assault and battery.

With his charges reduced, Mortensen was released on his own recognizance within two days of his arrest, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Department.

The defendant being released on his own recognizance meant no bail had to be posted instead of a signing on a written promise to appear in court as required, which for Mortensen was expected in July, officials said.

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“The trial is ongoing… He is charged with one misdemeanor count of assaulting a girlfriend or spouse,” said Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jury selection in Mortensen’s case began on Wednesday – a case reportedly offered by the prosecutor to be thrown out in exchange for completing 52 weeks of domestic violence classes.

As a long-serving barrister and owner of Mortensen Law in Newhall, the defendant would have chosen to defend his name in court, rather than accept the prosecutor’s offer, according to court documents.

The defendant has served on the board of the SCV Water Agency since its inception in January 2018 after serving two terms as a member of the Newhall County Water District Board, while serving Santa Clarita as as a tax, trustee and probate attorney, officials said. .

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