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A guide to domestic violence charges in Ohio

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a matter that courts take seriously in Ohio. The state defines the crime as when someone knowingly causes or tries to cause physical harm to a family or household member or causes them to believe they are in imminent harm.

Ohio does not limit this definition to spouses or romantic partners living together. Family members, including siblings, and domestic partners living togther, for example, are family or household members under the law. Thus, in the event of an act described above, they could also report the offense against them.

What are the charges for domestic violence?

In most cases, Ohio treats first time domestic violence offenses as misdemeanors. There are situations that can result in felony charges. It is important to seek legal counsel to review the case because the charges vary depending on the details. Previous convictions and whether or not the victim is pregnant are two factors that can impact the severity of charges.

The punishment for an offense reflects the seriousness of the crime. For example, courts can punish someone more severely if they commit a felony than if they commit a misdemeanor.

What are the odds that I will be charged with domestic violence if the police are called to the scene?

Ohio has what is called a “preferred arrest policy,” or “preferred course of action,” which allows police officers who have reason to believe someone has committed the crime of domestic violence to arrest the suspected aggressor. Again, the state takes this crime very seriously, regardless of whether it is a felony or misdemeanor.

What are the penalties for domestic violence?

The penalties are severe and can include fines as well as potential jail time. It is important to note that the consequences extend beyond criminal penalties. A conviction can come with social stigma and impact other rights, like the right to own a firearm.

If you face domestic violence charges, proper representation is key to helping you understand your rights and advocating for you. Criminal defense attorneys handle these types of cases all the time in court. They understand the law and can tell you what to expect and what the process will look like in your specific case. Having quality representation is important to give you the best chances of a positive outcome.