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Every day in central Ohio people are charged with domestic violence and assault offenses. These are serious charges that may require help from an experienced Columbus domestic violence attorney. Being charged with domestic violence or assault does not necessarily mean you are guilty. However, these charges can range from a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail to a first-degree felony punishable by 3-11 years in prison if convicted.
In most cases, when a person is charged with domestic violence, they are also charged with assault. On the other hand, if you are charged with assault and the alleged victim is not a family or household member, you will not be charged with domestic violence.
If you are convicted of a domestic violence and/or assault offense, additional potential issues include:
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 and/or assault. 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 Ohio domestic violence and assault attorneys have successfully represented clients on domestic violence and/or charges. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
Use the links at right as guides to the offense you’re facing. If you have any questions about the material or if you need an experienced, competent domestic violence/abuse attorney to help with your case, please contact Luftman, Heck & Associates either by calling or emailing us via firstname.lastname@example.org.