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Domestic Violence in Tennessee

Nashville Domestic AssaultDomestic violence is defined as any pattern of behavior in a relationship that is used to maintain or gain power over an intimate partner.  Domestic assault occurs in three (3) situations: 1) intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person; 2) causing a person to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or 3) causing physical contact with another that a reasonable person would find extremely provocative or offensive.

What is Domestic Violence?

Nashville domestic violence can be of a sexual, economical, physical or psychological nature. Domestic violence includes any behavior that harms, manipulates, hurts, blames, humiliates, wounds or injures someone.  It makes no difference what age, religion, sexual orientation, race or gender you are, Nashville domestic violence can happen to anyone. Domestic violence affects all socioeconomic backgrounds and can occur with couples who are married and to couples who are just dating. Many people don’t realize that Nashville domestic violence doesn’t just affect the people that are actually involved in the abuse.  It also has a profound effect on co-workers, family members and members in one’s neighborhood. Studies have shown that with frequent exposure to a Nashville domestic violence situation can lead to physical issues in children as well as desensitizing them to violence in the home and setting them up to become victims and abusers later on in their own lives.  Oftentimes, an Order of Protection is sought by victims of domestic violence.

What is Domestic Assault?

Domestic assault is an assault committed on the following persons:

  • a current or former spouse of the offender
  • person with whom the offender resides or previously resided
  • person who the offender is dating or previously dated or someone with whom the offender has or previously had a sexual relationship
  • someone with whom the offender is related by blood or adoption
  • a person with whom the offender is or was related by marriage, and
  • an adult or minor child of the offender or a family or household member.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Assault?

Domestic assault is a Class A Misdemeanor in Tennessee, carrying up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine up to $2,500.00.  Additionally, a person found guilty or pleading guilty to domestic assault must complete an anger management course known as Batters’ Intervention Program.  In most circumstances, a criminal defendant charged with domestic assault can be placed on probation, and some people can have the conviction expunged from their public criminal records.

Hire a Nashville Domestic Violence Lawyer

Turner Law Offices, P.C. represents clients throughout the middle Tennessee area in domestic violence cases. We hire and retain caring client-oriented domestic violence attorneys who are highly educated and trained to assure total client confidence and satisfaction in domestic violence situations.  Call our offices today or request appointment online to schedule your Free Initial Consultation!

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