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Legal Defense for Domestic Abuse Charges in Hamilton County

Domestic violence allegations in Ohio are serious matters, and they can pose severe penalties with far-reaching consequences. While law enforcement and prosecutors take a tough stance on cases and accusations involving domestic offenses, those who stand accused may have several options for defending themselves and pursuing the most favorable resolution possible. Making the most of these opportunities and structuring a sound strategy can be done with the help of seasoned attorneys.

L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC is an Ohio-based criminal defense firm comprising nationally recognized attorneys who leverage decades of collective experience when fighting for individuals charged with all types of domestic crimes, from misdemeanor domestic violence to serious felonies and cases involving multiple charges. Our team knows we play an important role in protecting clients' rights throughout all stages of the criminal justice process; we devote 100% of our efforts to fighting for our clients' freedoms and futures.

Call L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC today at (937) 685-7006 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence attorney in Cincinnati!

Understanding Ohio Domestic Violence Laws

Ohio Revised Code shapes the Domestic Violence laws under section 2919.25.

According to Ohio state laws, domestic violence includes:

  • Knowingly causing physical harm to a household or family member;
  • Attempting to cause physical harm to a household or family member;
  • Recklessly causing serious harm to a household or family member and
  • Threatening a household or family member to create the belief of imminent physical harm.

One operative element of domestic violence laws is that they are committed against a household or family member, such as a spouse or former spouse, parent, sibling, cohabitating boyfriend or girlfriend, or roommate (among others).

Depending on the circumstances involved, a suspect accused of their first domestic violence offense against such a person can face first-degree.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Ohio?

In Ohio, domestic violence is a serious offense with severe consequences. Understanding the potential penalties is vital for individuals involved in such cases. The penalties may include:

  • Criminal Charges: Domestic violence charges can result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the severity of the offense and prior convictions.
  • Protective Orders: A court may issue a protective order, also known as a restraining order, restricting contact between the accused and the alleged victim.
  • Jail Time: Convictions for domestic violence may lead to imprisonment, with sentences ranging from months to years, particularly for repeat offenders.
  • Fines: Courts may impose fines as part of the penalties for domestic violence convictions.
  • Probation: Individuals may be placed on probation, requiring compliance with specific conditions set by the court.
  • Counseling or Treatment Programs: Courts often mandate participation in counseling or anger management programs as part of the sentencing.

However, charges and penalties can be elevated for certain aggravating factors. For example, a previous domestic violence conviction can result in felony charges, and two prior convictions can result in third-degree felony charges, both of which are punishable by mandatory prison terms under the law.

Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges

Building a robust defense is crucial when facing domestic violence charges.Our Cincinnati domestic violence lawyers employ strategic defenses tailored to the unique circumstances of each case:

  • False Accusations: We explore the possibility of false accusations and work to uncover any motive behind them.
  • Self-Defense: If applicable, we argue that the accused acted in self-defense to protect themselves.
  • Lack of Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's evidence is a crucial defense strategy, mainly when insufficient proof of the alleged offense exists.
  • Wrongful Arrest: We investigate cases where law enforcement may have violated the accused's rights during the arrest or investigation.
  • Consent: In certain situations, we may argue that the actions in question were consensual and not indicative of domestic violence.

Successfully navigating these defenses requires the expertise of a seasoned Cincinnati domestic violence lawyer who can meticulously examine the details of each case and craft a tailored legal strategy.

Contact Our Cincinnati Domestic Violence Attorney Today

If you are facing domestic violence allegations, the time to protect your rights is now. L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC has extensive experience handling difficult criminal allegations, like domestic violence, and is prepared to utilize our insight to help you navigate the process and seek the most favorable outcome possible.

Contact L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC today to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence lawyer in Cincinnati!

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At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "I had a very difficult case that took longer than usual but they never gave up on it."

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    - Megan
    "Patrick and his team are the only choice!"
    My husband was forced to defend himself at our home but that put him in jail. I first went with another lawyer, Mike Mills, who took my money and that was it. Feeling hopeless, I contacted Patrick’s team and they didn’t disappoint. Within 3 hours, Patrick was at jail speaking with my husband and a few days later, Patrick had him home. When you call the office, everyone helps you. You are not just another case to them; I know and experienced it. They are a team you want to be on your family’s side! Thank you Patrick and Laura and team - you are the best, thank you!
    - Jackson
    "When he walks in, all the fear melts away and he comes out swinging."
    My family and I have used Patrick for different cases. A child custody as well as DUI. Initially you may feel scared and want to keep calling but in the end he has always proven that he is the best of the best. When he walks in, all the fear melts away and he comes out swinging. He knows what he's doing. Child custody WON! DUI best possible outcome! I wouldn't hire anyone but him. I highly recommend! Thanks Mr. Mulligan and staff!

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    I want to personally thank you, Patrick and everyone else who did an amazing job on my cases. I've unfortunately dealt with a lot of attorney's over the years and you guys were the first one's I've ever trusted or felt that you really did what you said you were going to do!! Myself and my family couldn't thank you enough. You helped me with a life changing situation and I'm a better father and son with your help and support.
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