Not only is domestic violence a serious crime in Indiana, but it is also a national crisis, which is why the laws are designed to protect the alleged victim and severely punish the alleged offender. Merely being arrested for domestic abuse can result in harsh consequences, which include being subject to a protective order.
If you have been accused of domestic violence in Indianapolis, look no further than the Law Office of B.D. Williams to defend you inside and outside the courtroom.
Charged with Domestic Violence?
In the state of Indiana, victims of domestic battery may seek protection against domestic violence through both criminal and civil court. A domestic violence charge may be filed by the state attorney’s office as a misdemeanor or a felony. The filing decision is often based on the facts of the case, victim and witness credibility and severity of or the existence of injuries.
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What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a term that refers to any kind of violence you allegedly commit against a person with whom you have a close relationship. Numerous types of crimes fall under the category of domestic violence or domestic battery. In Indiana, the term domestic violence is a general label that often refers to domestic battery but can include other crimes as well such as stalking, harassment, kidnapping, criminal trespass, invasion of privacy, or even homicide. These crimes can also be committed against foster parents, guardians, and wards of guardians. Domestic battery is any act of intentional touching that inflicts injury against:
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- Person that you are in a domestic relationship with
Actually, not much evidence is needed to place someone under arrest for allegedly committing domestic battery. Unfortunately, what occurs a majority of the time is when the police arrive on scene an arrest will usually be made. That in itself is a reason that you need excellent legal representation in a domestic battery case.
Examples Of Domestic Battery
Some examples of domestic violence offenses are as follows are:
- Assault inflicting physical injury by strangulation
- Assault in the presence of a minor
- Violation of a domestic violence protective order
Domestic Violence Penalties
Domestic battery is defined as knowingly or intentionally making contact with the alleged victim in a rude or angry manner or placing bodily fluid or waste on the alleged victim also in a rude or angry manner. It can be charged at the misdemeanor or felony level, depending on the circumstances.
Being convicted of domestic violence battery comes with several potential penalties. In a first offense, it is generally charged as a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. However, your sentence may be suspended and you may be granted probation. In more serious cases, domestic battery can be charged as either a Level 6 or Level 5 felony. This can occur in cases involving prior convictions, serious bodily injury, deadly weapons, and other aggravating conditions. These types of felonies carry prison terms ranging from six months up to six years and fines of up to $10,000. Other penalties can include domestic violence counseling or programs as well as negative immigration consequences for noncitizens.
One of the consequences of a domestic violence charge can be a protective order (also known as a restraining order) issued against you by the court. These orders can restrict any contact with your accuser, order you to vacate the family residence, restrict or deny access to your children, and prohibit or order any other conditions the court deems appropriate.
Domestic violence charges can be a life-changer with the end result of having a criminal record. You need to fight back with a strong defense. Our firm understands how important our work can be to your life, your freedom, and your future. You can depend on a proven defender in Attorney Williams who is backed by decades of experience both inside the courtroom at trial and outside the courtroom in negotiating with prosecutors. Let us use that experience to help you pursue a favorable result.
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Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony domestic battery charges, the penalties can disrupt both your personal and professional life and will give you a criminal record. We will protect your rights with the skill, knowledge and courage you need. Don’t wait to get started on your defense, call us at 317-458-9911. You need a passionate defense attorney on your side that produces results
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Domestic battery is a serious offense in Indiana. Even an arrest can result in harsh consequences, including being subject to a protective order and losing custody of your child. A misdemeanor or felony conviction can result in spending a lengthy period behind bars and fines worth thousands of dollars. After getting arrested for domestic battery, one of the most important steps to take is hiring a criminal defense attorney to defend you against these charges.
If you have been accused of committing domestic battery, do not hesitate to let the Law Office of B.D. Williams protect your rights, reputation, and freedom from serious criminal charges. With more than two decades of experience, our Indianapolis domestic battery lawyer understands what it takes to help you navigate the legal process and help you obtain the most favorable outcome in court.
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