Murfreesboro Criminal Defense attorney is pivotal step with domestic violence charge

Such as the case in most states, domestic violence is illegal in Tennessee and can bear heavy penalties if charged and convicted.

Domestic assault is the most common form of domestic violence in Tennessee and in simplest form, it is defined as the result of an injury to another person that may cause fear or bodily harm or contact while the act is committed against an adult or child.

In Tennessee, domestic assault penalties mirror those of a regular assault charge which is a Class A misdemeanor if injury to the body occurs and one can receive less than one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. On the other hand, if the contact is maddening or offensive physical contact, then it may be a Class B misdemeanor which would yield a less severe penalty.

Other charges include rape, child abuse and kidnapping to name a few. Rape can be a Class B felony while kidnapping is a Class C felony to compare and contrast. At the same time, the penalties for child abuse or neglect can vary depending on several circumstances.

If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic assault, then the next step is to contact a Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney to discuss your case and legal rights.