Domestic violence involves violence or threatened violence against a family or household member. It includes many types of criminal acts including, but not limited to:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Economic Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Child Neglect
A conviction for a domestic violence-related charge becomes part of your permanent criminal record even if it’s a misdemeanor. If you are convicted of another crime in the future, the court may consider your prior conviction and impose a harsher sentence in the new case.
Domestic Violence Convictions Impact Your Life
If you’re charged and convicted of a domestic violence crime it could have a huge impact on your life. Here are a few examples of how:
- You may lose the right to vote
- You may lose the right to hold public office
- You may lose the right to serve as a juror (for seven years)
- You may lose the right to own and carry firearms
- You may lose your professional license
- You may find it difficult to find a job and get hired
- You may find it difficult to rent an apartment or home
If you have been charged with any type of domestic violence crime you need to get help from an experienced Akron, Ohio domestic violence criminal defense lawyer. With an experienced lawyer protecting your interests, you will greatly increase the possibility of a favorable outcome for your case and avoid penalties such as probation or jail time.
Only an Akron criminal defense lawyer familiar with the local criminal court systems and cases like yours will know how good your chances are for a favorable outcome in court or at the negotiating table. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to assist you in making decisions about your case and protect your rights as well as your future.
This is the Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer You Want On Your Side
Attorney Sean Buchanan at our law firm represents and defends clients who are charged with domestic violence crimes throughout the greater Akron, Ohio area. He has a proven history of successfully defending his clients who have been charged with all types of domestic violence crimes.
Attorney Buchanan’s experience and knowledge with domestic violence criminal defense is a huge advantage for clients. He will thoroughly investigate the case to find all the facts and prepare a strong defense on your behalf.
His hard work, intense research, and unwavering dedication make a huge difference in our clients’ futures.
Attorney Buchanan has represented clients at all levels and is licensed to practice in Municipal Courts, State Courts, and Federal Courts.
When your reputation, your freedom, and your future is on the line because you have been charged with a domestic violence-related crime, having an experienced, aggressive, and respected Akron criminal defense attorney on your side makes all the difference. That attorney is Sean Buchanan.
Please contact Attorney Buchanan for a free consultation to discuss your case by calling 1-888-534-4850, chatting with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or sending a website message. We are available to speak with you at your convenience including after normal office hours, weekends, and holidays.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
A person convicted of domestic violence in Ohio faces the following penalties:
- For 1st degree misdemeanor, up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $1000
- For 2nd degree misdemeanor, up to 90 days in jail and/or fine up to $750
- For 3rd degree misdemeanor, up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500
- For 5th degree felony, six to twelve months in prison and a fine up to $2500
- For 4th degree felony, six to eighteen months in prison and a fine up to $5000
- For 3rd degree felony, nine months to three years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
If someone charged with domestic violence knew the victim was pregnant, the court is required to impose a minimum sentence of six months or one year, depending on whether the incident involved harm or a threat and whether the victim’s unborn child was harmed.
Someone who has been convicted of domestic violence in Ohio can also be required to pay restitution which involves reimbursing the victim for any expenses resulting from the crime such as the cost of medical treatment or counseling or repair or replacement of damaged property.
Your Future is in Jeopardy So Act Now
It is important that you understand how far-reaching a domestic violence conviction can be and how that conviction can have a negative impact on your future.
It’s extremely important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner.
If you have been arrested in the greater Akron, Ohio area for domestic violence, you need to contact our law firm and speak with Criminal Defense Attorney Sean Buchanan as soon as possible after your arrest. We are available 24/7/365. Please contact us by calling 1-888-534-4850, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat operators or send us a website message now.
We defend clients who have been charged with domestic violence crimes throughout the counties of Summit, Stark, Portage, and Medina.
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