Domestic violence cases may be charged as assault, battery, aggravated assault, or a combination of assault and battery. Depending on the conduct in question, the charges could be pressed as a misdemeanor or felony. Due to strict Tennessee laws that are meant to protect alleged victims from further immediate harm, if a police officer is brought to a location in response to a domestic violence case, an arrest must almost-always be made.
Have you have been arrested and charged with a domestic violence crime in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne or anywhere else in Middle Tennessee but believe the charges are unfounded? Regardless of the evidence or lack thereof, your future has already been jeopardized just by the accusation. Do not hesitate to contactParkerson Santel, PLLC and our Murfreesboro domestic violence attorneys as soon as possible to get the experienced and capable legal representation you need.
Domestic Violence Definition & Consequences
Domestic violence is defined as an act of violence, intimidation, or the attempt to do either against someone who shares a close relation with the offender. Violence can include inflicting or attempting to inflict physical injury, placing someone in physical restraints, posing a reasonable threat that causes the victim to become fearful, or doing malicious damage to personal property.
A domestic relationship that can constitute domestic violence charges includes:
- Spouse or former spouse
- Someone related by marriage or blood
- Someone with whom the offender shares a child
If someone is convicted of domestic violence, they can be penalized with jail time and high fines. There are also unique forms of punishments associated with such convictions, such as court-ordered counseling, protective orders placed against the offender, losing visitation rights, and the removal of the right to own or possess a firearms.
Why Someone Might Falsify Domestic Violence Claims
Many people accused of domestic violence do not understand why the charges were filed in the first place. This is sometimes due to alleged victims falsifying information or relying on exaggerations to get someone arrests. While this might seem absurd, people have done this in the past to gain child custody rights indivorces, collect financial restitution, and simply to get revenge on someone they have grown to dislike.
Your Reputation Must Be Protected
The harsh consequences of domestic violence charges warrants an immediate and serious response. It is crucial that you have a highly-qualified criminal defense lawyer in your corner as soon as possible who is familiar with Tennessee law and with the court system in your area. The Murfreesboro domestic violence lawyers at our law firm have extensive legal experience as a trial lawyers and strong reputations with people within our communities. Attorney Parkerson is also a former Assistant District Attorney General in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne and all Rutherford County, further improving how the firm can provide competent legal defense.
Charged with domestic violence? Contact our Murfreesboro domestic violence attorneys today.