Domestic Assault / Battery
The issue of domestic violence is taken seriously across the United States, and the state of Ohio is no exception with its punitive treatment of domestic assault and battery offenders. With what is such a touchy subject for so many people involved, you could be facing unfair prejudice in your court proceedings whether your case is based on a regretful mistake or a complete misunderstanding. Hiring an experienced Dayton-area criminal lawyer will help ensure the protection of your rights and possibly increase your chances for a favorable outcome.
Dayton Domestic Assault Attorney
Brian Joslyn and the legal team of Joslyn Law Firm are experienced criminal defense attorneys with a passion for protecting the rights of the accused rooted in Joslyn's own personal encounter with the other side of the law. If you have been charged with domestic assault in Montgomery County or the surrounding areas of Miami County, Clark County, and Greene County, protect your rights by contacting us at Joslyn Law Firm today for your free consultation. We provide enhanced customer service, and a detailed look at your case to make sure that no stone is unturned and every chance to defend your rights is exercised. Call today.
Important Legal Definitions in Dayton Domestic Assault
Assault – Recklessly or knowingly causing serious physical harm to another or another's unborn
Domestic assault – Threatening a family or household member with imminent physical harm, or recklessly or knowingly causing physical harm to a family or household member
Family or household member – Any of the following who is residing or has resided with the alleged offender:
- Former spouse
- Live-in boyfriend or girlfriend
- Common-law spouse
- Parent of spouse
- Foster parent
- Legal guardian
- Child of spouse
- Legal ward
Penalties for Domestic Battery in Montgomery County
The state of Ohio classifies domestic assault or domestic battery as a misdemeanor. Threatening a household member so that he or she believes you will cause physical harm is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and comes with up to 30 days in jail and/or fines up to $250. Actually knowingly or recklessly causing physical harm is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. Additional penalties may be imposed if you knew the alleged victim was pregnant at the time of the assault, or if you have any priors involving physical violence.
Additionally, you could be served with a protection order preventing you from coming into close contact with the alleged victim or certain other members of your family. If you are in the midst of divorce proceedings, an arrest for an offense like this could greatly affect child custody negotiation. Also, the social stigma of a domestic battery arrest, and especially, a conviction should not be disregarded – especially if you are employed in a position that provides specialized service to others, such as a teacher or doctor. An experienced Dayton criminal defense attorney will be able to help you fight for your rights and clear your name while seeking reduced or dismissed charges.
Joslyn Law Firm | Domestic Battery Lawyer in Montgomery County
With all of the social and judicial penalties involved in a domestic battery arrest and conviction, you should take all the steps necessary to protect both your rights and your reputation. Don't leave your future in the hands of just anyone – if you've been arrested on domestic battery or assault charges in Dayton, Kettering, Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua, Springfield, Beavercreek, Fairborn, or the surrounding areas, contact the experienced, trustworthy attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm. Your first consultation is free, so call (937) 356-3969 or use our convenient online contact form to see what we can do for your case today.