Domestic violence situations are some of the most sensitive situations handled under the law. If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you know how tough it is to get completely away from your abuser. One way many abusive partners maintain control over their victims is through their cell phones. You probably have a cell phone under a plan. If your plan is in the name of your abuser, it allows him or her to maintain contact with you and even find out where you are at any given time. According to the Tennessee State Courts, lawmakers recently passed a law that makes it easier for victims to seek their independence through their cell phones.
Court dates, attorneys’ fees and restraining orders often accompany domestic violence allegations in Tennessee. If you are falsely accused, the road to getting the charges dropped can be long and frustrating. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we have experience representing clients who need assistance getting the charges dismissed.
Like almost everyone else, you have heard about stalking and may have a basic understanding of this behavior, but you might not realize all that it entails, especially the laws pertaining to stalking in Tennessee. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we are ready to answer the questions of those who may be facing stalking charges and unsure what to do next.
At first, your spouse just got really mad at you sometimes. Maybe he yelled, slammed doors or punched walls. The first time he touched you in a violent way, he grabbed your arm so hard the bruise lasted for two weeks. After that, it seemed easier for him to go off on you, slapping you and then punching you in the face. Whether you live in a ranch-style home in a classy Tennessee suburb or in a bungalow in the Smoky Mountains, if this describes you, read on.
Domestic violence statistics are alarming. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 40 percent of women in Tennessee and 32.5 percent of men "experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner rape and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes."
Since I have been practicing criminal defense law, radical changes have happened in the area of domestic violence law. Increased awareness to the problem is one of the best things that has happened. In the past , domestic violence issues were minimalized and it was a family issue. The problem has been revealed to be more complex and destructive to the family including the children. Has the pendulum swung too far ?
Domestic violence can have a wide range of effects on the children who experience it. They may respond with frustration and tears, withdrawal or nervousness. The child's age, the duration of the incident and his or her proximity to it can all impact the reaction. If you are a Tennessee parent caught up in a violent scenario at home, knowing how to talk to your children about what is happening may be helpful.
Domestic violence is a serious issue. Anyone who is a victim of physical assault should get help and justice. However, this does not take away from the fact that there are false accusations of domestic abuse. If you face wrongful charges of domestic violence, you may feel devastation, confusion and frustration.
Tennessee divorce courts tend to consider a history of domestic violence an important deciding factor when deliberating on child custody terms. A record of abuse or violence might hamper a parent's ability to maintain a quality relationship with his or her child. Therefore, defendants standing accused of a domestic violence charge might benefit from prioritizing mitigation of the negative effects.
In Tennessee, law enforcement officials may intervene in alleged domestic violence situations to prevent contact between the people involved. These court mandates may be either protective or restraining orders, and it is important to understand the specific types so that you do not inadvertently violate the terms of the order. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we work to protect our clients from false accusations and unfair restrictions that may result.