Domestic violence related criminal cases are wrought with emotion and stress. The relationships between the parties make for some tough court cases. We know what you are going through and want to help.
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With a domestic violence charge in Indiana like domestic battery, you could be facing jail time and fines as well as the destruction of family relationships. You may feel remorseful about what brought you to this point or you may be feeling betrayed by some members of your family.
We know this is a hard time and a difficult charge to deal with. Having handled many domestic battery cases, we know what you are up against and want to ensure that your rights are protected while you are involved in this case. We also want to help you get the best possible results on your day in court.
When it feels like no one is on your side, we can be the attorneys fighting on your behalf.
What is Domestic Battery?
Under Indiana law, the term “domestic” can mean a few different things. Someone with whom you have a domestic relationship with is not necessarily your spouse. It could be someone you live (or have lived) with, share a child with, or someone who you are or were at one time married to.
Domestic Battery Defined
Domestic Battery is defined under Indiana law as knowingly and intentionally touching someone you have a domestic relationship with in a way that is rude, insolent or angry manner.
Penalties for Domestic Battery – Misdemeanor
Generally, most domestic battery offenses are considered Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
Felony Domestic Battery Penalties
There are circumstances that can elevate a domestic battery charge into a more serious felony charge.
Class D Felony Battery
Domestic Battery may be charged as a Class D felony and carry a potential sentence of 6 months to 3 years in prison with fines reaching $10,000 if:
- You have a previous unrelated domestic battery convictions, or
- The offense was committed in the presence of a child under 16 years of age.
Class C Felony Battery
If the battery results in serious bodily harm you could face Class C felony charges. The possible penalties for Class C Battery are up to 2-8 years in prison under the general offense of battery.
What is the Difference between Battery and Domestic Battery?
One thing that separates domestic battery form other battery offenses is that an immediate protection order that may be put in place.
A police officer does not have to have a warrant to make an arrest at the scene of an alleged domestic battery, under Indiana law.
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Domestic offenses are serious for everyone involved.
We know that you are likely under a lot of stress and we want to help. You need someone on your side at this difficult time. Our attorneys are here to help you, the accused, and make sure you are protected and treated fairly.
Call to discuss your case today with an experienced Indiana criminal defense lawyer. Our initial criminal consultation is free.