Anderson County Domestic Assault Lawyer

Criminal charges related to domestic violence can result in significant consequences and have a negative impact on your life for years to come. Fortunately, in many cases, an experienced attorney can help mitigate the consequences you are facing and ensure that your case is resolved as favorably as possible. You may be worried that you do not have the financial means to hire your own attorney, but not doing so can cost you a whole lot more both financially and otherwise by the end of your case. You may feel that your charges are not serious and that the prosecution does not have enough evidence to proceed with a case against you, but is it worth the risk of not hiring an attorney if you are wrong?

There are many reasons that defendants who are charged with domestic assault do not hire an experienced Anderson County domestic assault defense lawyer to help them, but the outcome is usually the same; they do not obtain the best possible outcome to their cases.

Domestic Assault as Defined by Tennessee Law

If you have been charged with domestic assault, it is essential that you understand the charges against you as well as the possible consequences. To be charged and convicted of domestic assault, you must engage in certain actions against specific individuals as defined by the law. Tennessee’s definition of domestic assault can be found in Tennessee Code §39-13-111.

Domestic assault occurs between people of all ages who:

  • Are current or former spouses
  • Live together or who have previously lived together 
  • Are dating or who have dated or who have or had a sexual relationship, (not including fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context)
  • Are biologically related or through legal adoption
  • Are related or were related by marriage in the past
  • Are children of an individual in a relationship that is described in any of the above

As found in Tennessee Code §39-13-101, assault is intentionally or knowingly causing:

  • Bodily injury to another individual
  • An individual to reasonably fear impending bodily injury
  • Physical contact with another that a reasonable person would consider offensive or provocative

If your charges arose out of actions that do not fit these definitions or towards people not listed in the law, a skilled Anderson County domestic assault attorney can use this to your advantage and likely avoid a domestic violence conviction.

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Defenses an Anderson County Domestic Assault Lawyer Might Use in Your Case

A conviction of domestic violence in Tennessee can lead to thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, the forfeiture of your firearms, possibly for life, as well as problems related to employment and issues personally and socially. To avoid these consequences, you need a defense that fits your case.

 

There may be potential defenses available in your case that may influence how the prosecutor handles your case or could result in an acquittal at trial. By hiring an attorney, you can have the confidence that no stone is going unturned when it comes to resolving your case in your favor. 

Potential domestic assault defenses include:

  • You were not the one who committed the domestic assault which can be established in part with a credible alibi
  • The victim lied about the assault occurring or who committed the assault
  • The injuries to the victim were the result of an accident that you were present for
  • Self-defense
  • Your case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, for example, the victim refuses or cannot testify, or there’s no proof of their allegations against you
  • The assault was due to the victim’s behavior perhaps to defend children or due to the victim’s medical condition
  • There are investigative errors in your case such as a lack of probable cause to conduct a search or interrogation, or you were not read your Miranda Rights during a custodial interrogation

To provide you with the best chances of success against your charges, you should be completely honest with your attorney about the facts of your case. We provide a non-judgmental approach so that you can feel comfortable telling us whatever you need to, which will allow us to serve you better.

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Your charges will not go away if you ignore them. You need to face them head-on, and the best way to do that is to hire an attorney who will work to make every effort to get your charges dropped or reduce any consequences you might endure if convicted. Time is of the essence, and the sooner you can get a lawyer on your side, the higher the potential for a better outcome for you both now and in the future. 

The first step to improving your situation is to schedule a criminal defense consultation with our firm. At this meeting, we will ask many questions so that we can assess your situation and the charges against you to build a successful defense.


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