Domestic violence, sometimes called domestic assault, is a serious charge that involved conflict within a personal relationship. Because of the sometimes abuse nature of these relationships, in which violence can be taking place for years without detection, the law punishes domestic violence quite harshly. If you or someone close to you is being charged with domestic violence, contact our office today for a consultation into your case. Our team is looking forward to being of assistance and helping you through this difficult time.
Any kind of close, personal relationship is grounds for domestic violence charges once an incident occurs. Among the possible relationships that can fall under this law include –
- Husband and wife
- Boyfriend and girlfriend
- Individuals who formerly lived together but no longer do
As long as an assault or battery takes place between the parties in one of the relationships above, domestic violence charges can be brought.
Punishments for domestic violence vary wildly depending on the circumstances of the case, but the general guideline is below.
- First conviction. This charge is a misdemeanor, and will lead to a jail sentence of up to 93 days, and up to a $500 fine.
- Second conviction. Still a misdemeanor, this charge is punished with up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
- Third conviction. With two prior convictions for domestic violence, the third charge will be brought as a felony and can lead to up to two years in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Domestic violence can not only lead to harsh legal punishments, it can also tear apart families. Call our offices today to get started fighting against your charges and restoring your good name. Our experienced and talented team is looking forward to receiving your call.