Domestic Assault Attorney Lebanon & Mt Juliet TN
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Have You Been Charged with Domestic Assault or Aggravated Domestic Assault?
If you or someone you know is confronted with Domestic Assault or Aggravated Domestic Assault charges, we will act as your personal advocates. We will defend your case and ensure that your rights and privileges are protected. It is our mission that your individual circumstance is resolved to the best solution possible. We provide our experienced investigators for our clients to ensure the best representation. Our firm has successfully battled the arbitrary imposition of the penalties by the government. Our recognition that every person deserves the very best defense makes the just treatment of each client and the successful resolution of each case a priority in our firm.
Jail is just one of the first of many challenges you could face.
Bail Conditions can keep you away from your home, family, and property. Almost every domestic assault charge is accompanied by strict bail conditions. Specific bail conditions include: no contact with the alleged victim; no contact with children of a marriage if they were in the home at the time of the assault; prohibitions from going around the alleged victim; no consumption of alcohol; no possession of firearms; restrictions from entering any place where a firearm may be; and a prohibition of going to the home of the victim.
These restrictions might seem reasonable until they are applied across the board and without exception. No contact with the alleged victim may mean that cell phones and work computers are inaccessible. Keys to vehicles, check books, and credit cards are in the home and can’t be accessed. Children who were not the subject of an alleged assault are immediately off-limits to the accused. Often the alleged victim and the accused work at the same place, which makes even going to work a risk that could result in incarceration. The accused is put out of their home, often with nowhere to live, before they are even granted a hearing on the accusations. Although never simple, we are often able to rectify many of these problems with bail modifications or temporary orders permitting a single trip to the home.
Orders of Protection are separate civil actions filed alongside criminal charges of domestic violence. Under the order of protection statute, the accused can be put out of their home, be ordered by pay child support and other expenses, and are prohibited from contacting the parties directly or indirectly. A violation of an order of protection, even with the consent of the accuser, can result in a 10-day jail sentence for a simple call to ask, “are the kids okay?”
Both bail conditions and orders of protection prohibit even consensual contact. The accuser cannot waive these conditions without the involvement of the Court. Even if the parties are together by agreement, the client accused of domestic assault will be immediately arrested and often held without bond if found to be in the presence of the victim. It is crucial to have representation when you are under bond conditions or under an order of protection in order to avoid violation, obtain property, and even return to your own home.
What is the Difference Between Assault and Domestic Assault?
Per the Tennessee Annotated Code, Assault can happen in a variety of ways. A person is said to commit assault when they:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another;
- Intentionally or knowingly cause another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or
- Intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another and a reasonable person would regard the contact as extremely offensive or provocative.
Domestic assault is said to occur when the assault (as outlined above) is committed on a household or a family member. Under Tennessee law, a family or household member is defined as:
- A spouse or former spouse;
- A person related by blood or marriage;
- A person that the defendant lives with or has lived with in the past;
- The mother or father of the defendant’s children.
A domestic assault can be punished as a misdemeanor or a felony and the consequences of a domestic assault conviction can range from a fine to a jail sentence with months, or even years, of imprisonment. Additionally, unforeseen consequences can accompany a conviction of domestic assault, including the loss of firearm privileges and loss of contact with children or other family members.
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Call or email our office to find out how we can help provide the team of professional attorneys, investigators and paralegals to ensure your domestic assault charge is resolved in the quickest and most beneficial manner possible to you and your family.