Domestic Violence and Assault

Assault And Domestic Violence Cases In Columbus And Central OhioThe facts of every domestic violence or assault case are different.  Some cases involve a momentary loss of self-control, others are a result of self-defense, acting out of necessity, or reacting under duress.  Some involve false accusations, and many are the culmination of underlying stress and unhealthy relationships.  Clients often cannot fully explain the reason for what happened, but they are always hoping to end the embarrassment of being charged with a crime of violence.  Most people do not expect to ever be charged with domestic violence and assault.  If you are in that situation, you are probably feeling a range of emotions.  Among those are the humiliation of being charged with a criminal offense and the fear of the unknown:  what is going to happen in court? 

Defense For Clients Charged With Domestic Violence And/Or AssaultI have been practicing criminal defense and handling these types of cases since 1997.  Over the years, I have seen an increasing number of clients charged with these offenses that have no criminal record.  I have helped many clients resolve these cases with the domestic violence or assault charge being dismissed or reduced to something that is not an offense of violence and does not result in jail time.  If you have been charged with assault and/or domestic violence, you will probably want to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you.
Sentences And Penalties For Assault And Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence and assault charges may be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the extent of the injury and the defendant’s prior record.  In most cases, these offenses are categorized as a first degree misdemeanor, so the potential punishment includes a jail sentence up to six months, a fine up to $1,000, and probation for up to five years.  If the case involves serious physical harm or a prior record, the charges will be felonies, and the potential sentences are more severe.  In addition to the punishment imposed for being convicted of domestic violence and assault, there are secondary consequences like the potential impact on employment, military service, professional licensing, and firearm ownership. In addition, the assault or domestic violence conviction becomes a permanent public record carrying a stigma of violence.

Strategies For Defending Against Domestic Violence And Assault ChargesThe physical and emotional harm caused by assault, especially domestic abuse, is serious and should be taken seriously by our society.  At the same time, there is a potential for false or exaggerated allegations.  Part of my role in these cases is to make sure my client is treated fairly in the court system, is not wrongly punished, and is not excessively punished.  To that end, I obtain and review the prosecution’s evidence, conduct an independent investigation when possible, and explore legal defenses to the charge as well as circumstances that mitigate the punishment.  I negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to reach a settlement that is fair.  If that can’t be accomplished, we may take the case to trial and let a jury decide the outcome. 

Representation For Assault and Domestic Violence In Columbus And Central OhioAs a lawyer working in the central Ohio area, I have helped many clients with assault and domestic violence charges in Franklin County, Delaware County, and other courts in central Ohio.  In most cases, we are able to get charges reduced, and clients are often able to have the records for the case later sealed (expunged).