Domestic Assault Accusations Can Disrupt Your Life Completely

I Will Protect Your Rights And Move Quickly To Resolve The Matter

An argument between spouses, family members, domestic partners or former partners can escalate and, without realizing it, someone ends up being charged with domestic assault. Under Tennessee statutes, domestic assault does not have to include physical violence. Causing a person to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury is enough to be convicted of domestic assault.

A domestic assault conviction is a serious matter with long-term consequences. Just being charged with domestic assault can seriously disrupt your life. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you are charged with domestic assault. At Rob McGuire Law in Nashville, I provide experienced and assertive defense in domestic assault cases, as well as assault and other violent crimes.

Understanding Orders Of Protection

Victims of domestic assault may ask the court to issue an order of protection, which is a civil order issued by a state court. Tennessee courts may issue ex parte orders of protection without a respondent like you even being present at a hearing. Permanent orders of protection are issued after a hearing in which both sides have a chance to state their case. But if you don't show up for your hearing, a permanent order of protection will be granted. Timing is critical in getting the necessary evidence to stop a permanent order of protection from being granted against you.

A person who is served with a protection order is prohibited from contacting the petitioner. You may also lose access to your children, and the court will suspend your license to own firearms. As long as an order of protection is in place, you may not be in possession of a gun.

Violation of a protection order is a felony offense that is punishable with jail time. Whether true or not, accusations of domestic violence can seriously disrupt an accused's life. That's why it is important to contact a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible if you have been accused of domestic assault. I will protect your rights and work to resolve the matter efficiently and effectively.

Do Not Hesitate To Act

Many of those involved in domestic disputes attempt to resolve things on their own. That can lead to further legal problems. If you have been arrested following a domestic dispute, call me or use the contact form on this website to schedule a free consultation. I will answer your questions and recommend an effective course of action.