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Domestic Violence

Being accused of Domestic Violence can be one of the worst accusations you will ever face. The charge of Domestic Violence can have serious consequences and carry with it a lifelong stigma. Additionally, because of the relationships involved and the nature of the charge, domestic violence cases are filled with emotions and stress. Whenever police officers are called to the scene of a domestic argument or fight, they are usually required to take one of the parties involved into custody, regardless of what has happened or who might be at fault. Many minor disagreements, even when no one is hurt, can result in a domestic violence arrest. The police are trained to arrest first and sort out the facts later. The resulting allegations and criminal charges of domestic violence carry serious penalties, and can impact your life in many ways for years to come. Even if the other partner changes their mind or recants the allegations the next day, the prosecutor will often proceed with the domestic violence charges.

Domestic Violence under Ohio Law While typically domestic violence occurs between spouses, the term “domestic” applies to any of the following who is residing or has resided with the offender:

  • Spouse;
  • Parent;
  • Child;
  • Any other person related by consanguinity or affinity to the offender;
  • Live-in partner who is either currently cohabiting with the offender or has cohabitated with the offender within the past 5 years.

If you are accused of…:

  • Attempting to cause or causing bodily harm you will face Class I misdemeanor charges which can carry a potential sentence of up to 6 months in jails and fines up to $,1000;
  • Threatening or causing a family or household member to believe that physical harm will be caused, you will face Class IV misdemeanor charges which can carry a possible penalty of up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $250.

Domestic Violence charges are very serious and not something you want to face without an attorney.

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