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How Domestic Violence Is Defined

Like in many states, in Ohio, domestic violence refers to criminal offenses committed against a household member. Ohio law defines household members as a spouse, former spouse, person living as a spouse, a parent, foster parent, or child of the offender, or the natural parent of a child of whom the offender is the other natural parent.

The Consequences You Could Face

Charges of domestic violence, such as domestic battery, sexual assault and more, carry serious consequences. Depending on the circumstances, one may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony and face:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered anger management counseling
  • Attendance to a batterer’s intervention program

An Allegation May Do Far Worse

In some cases of domestic violence, a restraining order — also known a protective order — may be issued, forcing an individual to leave their residence as well as prohibit any type of contact with the alleged victim and even one’s children. In some cases, the court may find the situation so serious that an individual’s custody and visitation rights are denied temporarily and even permanently.

In addition, a conviction may damage one’s community standing as well as social or employment relationships. It will also give you a criminal record which can negatively impact future employment endeavors and even requests for a loan.

We’re Here To Help You

Don’t let domestic violence allegations wreak havoc on your life. Turn to the skilled and experienced defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason M. Donnell, LLC. We will protect your rights from beginning to end, providing you with aggressive advocacy when you need it the most.

Talk to us on a free initial phone consultation by calling 740-653-8171 or by filling out this contact form. Appointments are available at our Lancaster office as well. We accept credit cards.