If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Domestic violence is a very serious offense that can have a lasting impact on your freedom, your lasting reputation, and more. At The Law Office of Benjamin W. Zushin, our Akron domestic violence lawyer is ready to fight for you and protect your rights. With proven experience as a prosecutor, our defense lawyer delivers the dynamic, trial-tested advocacy you need.
What Is Domestic Violence in Ohio?
Domestic violence is a broad term used to describe violent or threatening acts committed against family members or household members. Family members include spouses, ex-spouses, parents, children, and siblings. Household members include those who live together or used to live together.
Acts that constitute domestic violence include:
- Physical harm
- Sexual assault
- Attempts to commit these actions
- Threats to do such harm
If you are accused of domestic violence, you could be facing anything from a 4th degree misdemeanor to a 3rd degree felony. Factors that affect the charge you face include whether actual harm resulted, if the victim was pregnant, and if the accused person has previous convictions of domestic violence.
What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Ohio?
If convicted of causing physical injury and harm to a relative or household member, the defendant would face no less than the sentencing for a 1st degree misdemeanor.
The penalties for 1st degree misdemeanor domestic violence can include:
- Up to 6 months of jail
- And/or up to $1,000 in fines
The penalties for third-degree felony domestic violence can include:
- A prison term of between 9 months and 3 years
- A fine up to $10,000
- Paying restitution for medical costs, damaged property
If your attorney can negotiate a deferred sentence or probation, then it may be possible for the defendant to go through treatment, counseling, community service, etc., and after successfully completing this, have their case dismissed. In a suspended sentence, the defendant could go on probation, and as long as they abide by the terms, they can avoid incarceration. There are many ways to have a domestic violence charge reduced or dismissed, but it often depends on promptly hiring the right defense attorney.
Contact a Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in Akron
The stakes are high when you are accused of domestic violence. You face the possibility of jail time, fines, probation, and a permanent criminal record. If you are facing a domestic violence charge, you need an experienced criminal attorney who knows the law and knows the system. The Law Office of Benjamin W. Zushin is ready to fight for you. We bring the experience, talent, and determination you need on your side.
Contact The Law Office of Benjamin W. Zushin today for domestic violence defense. Call (330) 886-4672 or use our contact form to request a free initial consultation.