Domestic violence is not only a serious allegation that can lead to criminal penalties but, for many individuals, it's also a serious detriment in family law matters. Often, these allegations the result from ugly, heated arguments that momentarily spin out of control. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is recommended that you seek legal counsel immediately.
Our team of Toledo criminal defense attorneys at Patituce & Associates includes not one, but three former prosecutors who have an unparalleled familiarity with our local criminal justice system. We know the challenges and pitfalls domestic violence clients face in these cases and are ready to bring diligence and insight toward securing a favorable outcome on their behalf.
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Domestic violence is addressed in O.R.C. 2919.25, where it is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor. However, if it is found you have prior convictions under this statute, the new charge will be considered a felony.
A first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio can result in:
Because of movies and television, there is one very common misconception about domestic violence charges: many people believe that the alleged victim has decided to "charge" the accused. This is untrue. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, it means that the state is bringing the charge against you, not any member of your household.
This misconception has led to many accused individuals reaching out to the alleged victim to reconsider the situation—even after a protective (or restraining order) has been issued. This is not in any way advisable. If a civil protective order has been issued following your incident, comply with it. Violating a protective order will only lead to further legal complications and more potential penalties.
Our trusted Toledo domestic violence attorneys are ready to help you navigate this matter. Contact us today for a free phone consultation.