Clarksville Domestic Violence Attorney
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined as an abusive, violent, or threatening act inflicted by one member of a family or household against another member of the family or household. Since domestic violence involves some sort of assault between spouses, former spouses, family members, roommates or others, emotions can run high. However, you may still be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.
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What is Considered Domestic Violence in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, domestic violence encompasses a range of behaviors and offenses that occur within specific relationships. According to the Domestic Abuse Act, domestic violence is any act of violence, threats, or intimidation between individuals who share a relationship. Couples, former spouses, cohabiting or ex-cohabiting couples, siblings, and those with children share these relationships.
Domestic violence offenses in Tennessee can take various forms, including physical abuse, sexual assault, stalking, or verbal threats. The severity of the acts may lead to different charges, such as domestic assault or aggravated assault, depending on the circumstances.
Law enforcement in Tennessee takes domestic violence seriously, often making arrests without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe an offense has occurred. Additionally, protective orders may be issued to safeguard victims and prevent further harm.
Mandatory Arrests for Domestic Violence
Even after a person becomes the victim of domestic violence, they may not wish to report the violence or file charges. In cases of domestic violence, when the police have been called, they are tasked with immediately removing the individual they believe to be the aggressor.
This means regardless of whether or not you committed an act of domestic violence, you will likely be arrested, based upon the statements of the other party. Should you be released after your arrest and your mandatory 12-hour hold, the court will usually issue a temporary restraining order to keep you away from the alleged victim until the time your case can be heard.
What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence Conviction in Tennessee
In Tennessee, the penalties when an individual is convicted of domestic violence can be harsh, depending on the circumstances and number of previous convictions.
Penalties can include:
- Large fines
- Restitutions to the victims
- Court-ordered classes
- Community service
- Restraining orders
- Permanent mark on your criminal record
- Possibility of up to life in prison
Your best defense is to consult with a Clarksville domestic violence attorney from Jeff Grimes & Associates, PLLC so they can immediately evaluate your case, review the charges against you and determine the best course of action to seek to defend you and avoid the serious consequences of a conviction.
Call a Domestic Violence Attorney Serving Clarksville
Domestic violence is an extremely serious offense. It is not a charge to be taken lightly, particularly as Tennessee prosecutors rarely dismiss charges of domestic violence, even when the alleged victim recants. As your future freedom, reputation and criminal record could be at stake, it is advised that you engage the services of a high quality defense lawyer at once.
The Clarksville criminal defense attorneys at the firm have years of experience representing clients facing domestic violence charges. They understand the way domestic violence cases are handled in court and know what it takes to build a defense case against accusations of domestic violence. Early involvement by the firm can be crucial with regard to the level of the charge against you, dismissal of charges and other critical matters.
Contact a Clarksville domestic violence attorney at (931) 398-5308 immediately if you are facing charges or have been arrested in a case of domestic violence, either misdemeanor or felony.
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