Dayton Domestic Violence Attorneys
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If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need to seek the immediate assistance of L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC. Domestic violence charges could damage a person's reputation and limit his or her employment opportunities. Employers may hesitate to hire someone with a history of violence. Our Dayton domestic violence lawyers can help defend you against this serious charge and work toward a more positive outcome. Your reputation and future are extremely important to us.
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What is Domestic Violence?
According to Ohio Rev. Code Ann., §2919.25, domestic violence involves knowingly or recklessly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family member or other household member. Depending on the severity of the offense, domestic violence resulting in harm can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony.
A family or household member is defined as any of the following:
- A spouse, former spouse, or romantic partner with whom the offender has lived for at least five years
- The child of the offender
- The parent or foster parent of the offender
- The parent or child of the offender’s spouse, former spouse, or romantic partner
- An extended family member of the offender or his or her spouse, former spouse, or romantic partner
Penalties for Domestic Violence in Ohio
Domestic violence is a serious offense that comes with severe consequences that could follow you around for life. The penalties for a domestic violence conviction vary depending on the severity of the crime.
You could be penalized with the following:
- A restraining order
- Expensive fines
- A criminal record
- Community service
Convicted individuals will face the following punishments in Ohio:
- 1st Degree Misdemeanor: Up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine
- 2nd Degree Misdemeanor: Up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine
- 3rd Degree Misdemeanor: Up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine
- 5th Degree Felony: Up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine
- 4th Degree Felony: Up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine
- 3rd Degree Felony: Up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine
Furthermore, a convicted individual may be required to pay restitution to the victim, which may include reimbursement for things like property damage, medical bills, and the cost of counseling.
In addition to these penalties, a convicted individual may be placed on probation and/or ordered to perform community service. A conviction, especially one for a violent crime, could harm a person’s reputation in the future and limit their job and housing prospects. Felony convictions can also result in a loss of the right to own or carry firearms, vote, serve as a juror (for seven years), or hold public office.
Possible Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges
Just because you have been charged with domestic violence doesn’t mean you are guilty. Here are some possible defenses to domestic violence accusations:
- False allegations. Some individuals may make false allegations out of spite, particularly in contentious divorce or child custody cases.
- Self-defense. A defendant may have been acting in self-defense to protect themselves or their children.
- Lack of proof. A defendant cannot be convicted of domestic violence if the prosecutor can’t meet the requisite burden of proof.
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Backed by more than five decades of combined experience, our firm has the insight and resources required to tackle even the most complex kinds of cases. Always reliable and dedicated, our firm has earned the respect of our peers and the satisfaction of countless previous clients. Our legal team benefits from the expert direction of Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan, who is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. When it comes to handling domestic violence cases, we leave no stone unturned in order to determine if the allegations are unfounded or in search of another defense strategy.
Call L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC Today for Guidance
Domestic violence cases require swift and strategic legal action. We encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible for the legal guidance you need to navigate the judicial system in Ohio. Should you choose to entrust your case to our firm, you can rest assured in knowing that it is in good hands.
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