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In Ohio, to be charged with domestic violence, one of the following must occur:
By threat of force, knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
Every day in central Ohio people are charged with domestic violence offenses. Domestic violence charges can range from a fourth degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail to a third degree felony punishable up to 36 months prison.
If you are convicted of a domestic violence, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered a violent offender for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is critical that you to give your domestic violence charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes a two pronged approach to all domestic violence cases. First and foremost, you will need a bond. Generally, you will be arrested when charged with domestic violence. If not, the charge(s) will be filed as a warrant and you will have to turn yourself in. We will represent you at your initial bond hearing and look to secure a favorable bond and your release from jail.
Thereafter we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made, whether the prosecuting witness is fabricating the charges and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and interviewing witnesses. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, pictures and recorded interviews. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review.
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients on domestic violence charges. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced domestic violence attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.