Domestic violence, which is also called intimate partner violence, is any kind of mistreatment that occurs in an intimate relationship between people. This applies whether they are married or not. Having a charge of domestic violence on your record is something that can negatively impact your entire future. It may interfere with your ability to obtain a professional license or the type of employment you want. It is also likely to jeopardize your personal reputation and relationships. If you have been charged with domestic violence, you need to consult with an attorney who is experienced in family law and who has worked with this type of case. This attorney can be your legal voice and will have the experience and knowledge to defend your rights.
In the State of Tennessee, domestic assault is a category of assault that has a specific victim type. It’s a domestic assault that is committed against someone who is a cohabitant, dating or sexual partner, current or former spouse, adoptive or blood relative, current or former relative by marriage or adult or minor child of any of the above. Individuals can also be charged with other crimes committed against the same family members including and not limited to: child endangerment, false imprisonment, child abuse, child neglect, or rape.
A domestic assault is when someone intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to another. Domestic assault is considered a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanor can be penalized by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500. Class B misdemeanors can lead up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. A fine up to $200 may be applied to the penalty that goes to the Tennessee general fund for family violence shelters and services. There are additional penalties for multiple convictions.
If you have been charged with or accused of domestic violence, call to schedule a consultation with a Tennessee domestic violence lawyer today. Such a charge can interfere with your future for many years to come. The experienced legal professionals at the Integrity Law Firm, PLLC understand the components and causes of domestic violence and will be your legal advocates during this challenging time. We are familiar with the local judicial system and are dedicated to working hard for you. We serve the cities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Soddy Daisy, Collegedale, and surrounding Tennessee communities. You can view our web page at https://theintegritylaw.com or reach us by phone at 423-498-5001. Call us today and let us give you legal guidance you can trust.