Though it’s often thought of as physical abuse between spouses or partners, domestic violence can also include threatening behavior, sexual assault, or battery against children, co-habitants, and other related people. Offenses can range from pointing a weapon at an individual to slapping, choking, or beating them. Instances and accusations of domestic violence can break the bonds of family and cause emotional distress—and they can also lead to prison.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Domestic Violence Is Taken Seriously
Ohio is one of the growing states that are becoming very strict about domestic violence and domestic abuse laws, and all accusations are taken very seriously. Law enforcement and the legal system work very aggressively to arrest and prosecute people suspected of domestic violence and abuse. If you have been arrested or met with domestic violence charges, you should hire competent legal representation immediately to protect your freedom.
Victims Do Not Need to Press Charges
What a lot of people don’t know is that Ohio law also does not require the alleged victim of domestic violence to press charges in order to make an arrest. What this means is that even if the alleged victim does not want to press charges, law enforcement agents have the authority to arrest the alleged perpetrator. And depending upon the circumstances of your arrest, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are found guilty, you could be sentenced to jail or a prison term, probation, counseling, or anger management programs.
Protect Your Freedom—Call Us Today
Your personal freedom and character are in jeopardy when you are charged with domestic violence or domestic abuse, which is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney from Dungan & LeFevre. Our attorneys Jack Hemm, Steven Justice, and Michael Jurek have extensive experience with this type of matter. If you have been charged with a crime anywhere in the Miami Valley, please contact us today for a free consultation.