When violence occurs between strangers or people that are outside of the family, such violence is typically categorized as assault or battery. However, when someone makes threats or commits an act of violence against their significant other, child or another family member, it is called domestic violence. Unfortunately, law enforcement and prosecutors may be in a rush to arrest and charge a person who is accused of domestic violence without getting the details straight. This rush can cause innocent people to be arrested and simple mistakes to be blown out of proportion.
At The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, we defend people across central Ohio who are accused of domestic violence. Our attorneys have more than 15 years of criminal defense experience and are committed to thoroughly investigating client cases. You can talk to a skilled lawyer in a free consultation at our Delaware office by calling 740-908-4550.
Charges of domestic violence cover more than just physical abuse. These charges encompass many kinds of behaviors, such as making threats of bodily harm or physically harming a family pet. People in Ohio can also receive domestic violence charges for psychological abuse, such as threatening a spouse to make them feel fear and terror.
One of the most damaging domestic violence allegations to a person’s reputation is an allegation of sexual abuse against children. Many people assume guilt when a person is accused of childhood sexual abuse, and a conviction can cause long-term damage to a person’s standing in their community. If you are accused of domestic sexual abuse, you should contact a skilled attorney who can communicate with law enforcement and clear your name.
In Ohio, if someone is accused of attempting to or causing physical harm, they will most likely be charged with a misdemeanor offense punishable with up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. If the person threatened to harm another, they face up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. If the victim suffered serious bodily harm, then the attacker may be charged with felonious assault. In felony assault cases, the defendant could face up to eight years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Serious assault includes the physical aspect of abuse, such as slapping, hitting, punching, kicking or choking. How someone is charged will depend on the facts surrounding the case and the extent of the injuries to the victim.
At The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, we understand that there are always two sides to every story. You may have been acting out of self-defense, or your significant other may have called the police out of spite. It is important for you to know that even if the alleged domestic violence victim decides to drop all charges, the prosecutor can still move forward with the case. For parents, a conviction for domestic violence can affect your ability to get child custody and visitation.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, we urge you to call our firm 740-908-4550 or send us an email so we can begin working to reduce your charges or get them dropped altogether. Se habla español.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Calling a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before speaking to law enforcement is the best way to protect your future. Our attorneys will work to minimize or eliminate the possibility of jail time, a prison sentence, probation, hefty fines and a permanent criminal record. Call us now at 740-908-4550 to schedule your free consultation with one of the firm’s knowledgeable attorneys.
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