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An Overview Of Domestic Violence Charges In Ohio

Domestic violence cases are rarely straightforward. A heated argument can turn into criminal charges very quickly once the police are involved. Facing such charges is a serious issue as a conviction for domestic violence can have lasting consequences on your life.

At Bartell, Georgalas & Juarez, L.P.A. Co., we understand the severity of domestic violence charges. We will fight to assert your legal rights and protect your future anywhere in Ohio, including Independence, Akron, Columbus, Oxford, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

What Is Domestic Violence In Ohio?

The law on domestic violence in Ohio is nuanced. Any form of physical violence against another person within the household constitutes domestic violence. However, there needn’t be physical contact for domestic violence charges to apply. A serious threat to physically harm a household member may also constitute domestic violence.

Household members include:

  • Spouses
  • Romantic partners
  • Children
  • Foster children
  • Parents
  • Extended family members

Essentially, anyone who currently lives within the home or previously lived there may be considered a household member.

Penalties For Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can be categorized as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. The potential penalties are as follows:

  • 1st degree misdemeanor: Maximum of six months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000
  • 2nd degree misdemeanor: Maximum of 90 days in jail and/or fine up to $750
  • 3rd degree misdemeanor: Maximum of 60 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500
  • 5th degree felony: Six to 12 months in prison and a fine up to $2,500
  • 4th degree felony: Six to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $5,000
  • 3rd degree felony: Nine months to three years in prison and a fine up to $10,000

The severity of the charges will depend on the exact circumstances of your situation, including whether the victim was particularly vulnerable and how much harm was done.

Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney Today

The importance of an experienced domestic violence defense attorney cannot be understated. Call us today on 888-810-2904 or email us to arrange a free initial consultation today. Habla español.