Facing a Domestic Violence Charge in Ohio?
Domestic Violence Defined
Domestic Violence is a serious charge that affects countless individuals and families every year.
In Ohio, law enforcement is robust in addressing such cases with specific laws and procedures in place to pursue domestic violence charges once they are reported. It is essential to comprehend the nuances of these charges to navigate the potential legal consequences effectively.
Ohio Revised Code defines domestic violence in ORC 2919.25 as the knowing or reckless harm or threat of harm against a family or household member. Household members are defined as spouses, former spouses, parents, children, and individuals living together or who have lived together in the past.
Domestic violence charges are often accompanied by menacing, assault, disorderly conduct, or other serious criminal charges. In other words, one incident can result in a defendant facing multiple sets of consequences - none of which are sealable or expungeable, due to involving harm to others. It is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge?
The legal consequences of domestic violence charges in Ohio can be severe. Offenders may face penalties including fines, probation, mandatory counseling or treatment programs, and imprisonment. The severity often depends on the specifics of the case, the extent of harm, and previous convictions. If a gun or other weapon is involved, the stakes can increase dramatically.
Civil protection orders (CPO) are commonly sought by the victim to restrict the accused individual’s contact. A CPO restricts direct or indirect contact/communication between the involved parties. Provisions usually include maintaining a certain distance and vacating a shared residence. This can be hard both emotionally and financially difficult for families, children, and loved ones. Once a protection order is in place, the defendant may be deemed in violation even if the alleged victim initiates the contact. A violation of the CPO can multiply the consequences of a conviction.
How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?
Individuals accused of domestic violence should seek legal representation as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can help in all the following ways and more.
navigate the legal process
build a robust legal defense
challenge evidence and accuracy of witness statements
present the case at pre-trials and trial
negotiate a plea deal
ensure that the individual’s rights are protected throughout the proceedings
In conclusion, domestic violence charges in Ohio are treated seriously and can wreak havoc on familial relationships. Understanding the legal definitions, possible consequences, and available resources is vital for both victims and those accused of domestic violence. If you or someone you love is facing domestic violence charges, it is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense firm immediately.
Written for The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC & Jones Holistic Defense
by Benjamin Jackoby, Ph.D.