Defending You Against An Accusation Of Domestic Violence
Being accused of domestic violence against a loved one is emotionally stressful and the mere allegation of such behavior can be devastating. It can tear families apart. Having the right criminal defense lawyer is extremely important. At the Blosser Law Office, we have defended many clients against allegations of domestic violence. Our criminal defense attorney, Jeffery Blosser, has over 20 years of experience representing clients across Ohio. He has a stellar reputation for success in all types of criminal defense cases.
Understanding The Process Of A Domestic Violence Charge
In Ohio, police officers who are called on a report of domestic violence must determine who the primary physical aggressor is and arrest that person. This means that generally if one family or household member alleges that you have committed domestic violence, and the police officer reasonably believes that family or household member, you go directly to jail. Once arrested you will typically appear before a judge or magistrate for bonding and arraignment. Once the court sets your bond, your speedy trial time starts and the prosecutor must bring your case to trial within a certain period of time. It is vital to have an experienced lawyer to represent you throughout the entire process to ensure that your rights are being protected from your first court appearance to the end of the case.
Building Your Case
In order to be convicted of domestic violence, the prosecuting attorney must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:
- Knowingly caused or attempted to cause physical harm to a family or household member; or
- Recklessly caused serious physical harm to a family or household member; or
- By threat of force, knowingly caused a family or household member to believe that you would cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
The penalties associated with domestic violence can be severe and may include:
- Jail time
- Issuance of Civil Protection Orders
- Permanent prohibition from owning or possessing a firearm
Having an experienced, aggressive and dedicated defense lawyer is critical. You may have many defenses available when you are accused of domestic violence. We will work with you throughout your case to determine the best defense for your situation.