Domestic assault is defined as causing intentional or reckless injury, fear or imminent harm, or offense contact to someone else. So, if you intend to harm another person during a domestic dispute and do so, you will be guilty of domestic assault.
How Are Domestic Abuse Victims Defined By Law?
Domestic violence is known as domestic assault in Tennessee and this violent crime means assault against a family member or a household member, such as:
- a current or former spouse,
- romantic partner,
- or roommate,
- as well as relatives through blood or marriage.
However, if you knowingly or recklessly cause serious injury, commit an assault involving a deadly weapon, attempt to cause injury through strangulation, or cause injury while under probation, diversion, or court order, you could be charged aggravated domestic assault. Essentially, if you cause serious injury to a family or household member during a domestic dispute, you could be guilty of aggravated domestic assault.
What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Tennessee?
Domestic assault penalties in Tennessee are the same as criminal penalties for simple assault. However, a conviction will result in permanent loss of gun rights and a special fine in order to fund shelter programs for family violence.
- Assault is either a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum jail term of 11 months and 29 days and a fine not exceeding $2,500, or a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum six-month jail sentence and a fine no more than $500.
- Aggravated assault is either a Class C felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years and a maximum $10,000 fine, or a Class D felony, which carries a maximum 12-year prison term and a fine not exceeding $5,000.
Contact Our Domestic Violence Lawyer Today
Being accused of domestic violence is a serious matter. Not only does a conviction result in harsh criminal penalties such as jail or prison time, but it also leads to other severe consequences in your life, including the loss of your custody rights and gun rights. In order to avoid a conviction and clear your name, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you get the most favorable outcome in your case.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Tennessee, our Chattanooga domestic violence defense lawyers at Best And Brock are ready to help you navigate the intricacies of the criminal justice system, while protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom from start to finish. We can thoroughly assess your case, figure out your available legal options, and help you either reduce the charges/penalties you face, obtain a not-guilty verdict at trial, or get your case dismissed altogether.
Our firm understands domestic criminal charges are often filed because of the heat of the moment or even due to false allegations. However, an arrest does not automatically mean that you are guilty. Our Chattanooga domestic violence defense attorneys can help you avoid serious penalties and get your life back on the right path.
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