Why are domestic abuse laws and penalties different from state to state?

James Knox: I’d probably say because each state is its own sovereign entity. They have the ability to dictate how you’d want to both classify and punish particular crimes, again, on the criminal side and on the civil side in the family law setting. So I think that’s probably the only definite answer I could give you. I can’t speak for the other states because I’ve never practiced outside of California.