In the heat of a domestic conflict, it is very common for someone who feels threatened to call the police — only to recant once the police arrive, or shortly thereafter.
The person calling the police may believe that the case is a matter of her complaint or his complaint against a violent husband, wife, domestic partner or other family member. (A domestic violence case may also involve close friends, neighbors, former love interests and/or the other parent of a child of the complaining witness.)
Once police become involved, however, it is no longer a private matter. It is no longer a case of a complaining spouse or partner versus the other. It becomes, instead, a matter of the state against the suspect. It is very rare for the state to drop the case simply because the complaining witness claims there is no cause to move it forward.
You may have been charged with domestic assault in Tennessee after your wife, husband, boyfriend, domestic partner (same sex or opposite sex) or other person with whom you have (or used to have) a close relationship committed one of the following:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to the victim
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused the victim to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury
- Intentionally or knowingly caused physical contact that a reasonable person would regard as extremely offensive or provocative
This type of crime is called "domestic assault" or "domestic violence." For more detailed discussion of the definition of domestic violence in Tennessee, follow this link on this website: "Arrested for domestic assault?" If you face charges of assault of someone close to you, you will need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible.
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Attorney Rob McKinney is prepared to discuss your most promising strategy of defense after evaluating the facts and elements of your case. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Nashville domestic assault lawyer, please call 615-686-2115 or contact us through this website.