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Our client, a married housewife, found herself in a completely unknown and terrifying position. After an argument with her husband, police were called by a neighbor. The police investigated and ultimately charged her with Domestic Violence and Assault. Having never been charged with a criminal offense, our client was understandably terrified.
Both the Domestic Violence and Assault charges are first-degree misdemeanors. Both are punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. A conviction to either charge would stay on her criminal background for the rest of her life. A conviction to either charge is not able to be sealed or expunged.
Columbus defense lawyer Chase Mallory represented the client. Going to court multiple times on her behalf, attorney Mallory was able to review all of the evidence. By pointing out potential evidentiary issues and giving the prosecutor a fuller picture of his client, attorney Mallory was able convince the prosecutor to dismiss the assault charge and amend the domestic violence charge to a reduced disorderly conduct offense.
Ultimately, our client avoided convictions on both the domestic and assault charges. She avoided being convicted of an offense of violence. She avoided jail time. She had to pay a $100 fine and court costs. She was not put on probation. She was able to move on with her life.