Domestic violence is not a criminal charge, but a category of crime that makes other criminal charges more serious.
At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we defend people accused of spousal abuse or charged with any domestic violence-related offenses, including:
- Domestic assault and domestic aggravated assault
- Child endangerment
- Weapons crimes
- Violation of an order of protection
Same Actions, Different Outcome
If you hit someone in a fight, you would likely be charged with misdemeanor assault. If that person was your spouse, child, parent, another member of your household or someone you either now date or once dated, it would be considered a domestic assault. If convicted, you would:
- Pay a higher fine
- Potentially spend more time in jail
- Be unable to possess any type of firearm, permanently
- Not be treated equally in child custody and visitation decisions made in Family Court
In addition, you may be named in an order of protection (restraining order), which would require you to leave your home and cease all contact with the victim. Violations of the order could result in more serious penalties.
Contact Nashville Domestic Violence Attorney Rob McKinney
The courts take domestic violence charges seriously; you should, too. It costs nothing to have an experienced attorney review your case and advise you of your rights. The Law Office of Rob McKinney in Nashville, Tennessee, offers a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Contact us online or call 615-686-2115.