Knoxville Domestic Violence Attorneys
Aggressive Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges in Knox County, TN
In our state of Tennessee, domestic violence is taken very seriously, with harsh penalties for conviction. In the event that there is a report of domestic violence, Knoxville police will arrest and charge someone, regardless of whether the alleged victim wishes to press charges.
Since police are generally not present during domestic violence incidents, they frequently rely on word of mouth and physical evidence. The act of domestic violence does not only occur between husbands and wives.
How Does Tennessee Define Domestic Violence?
In Knoxville, Tennessee domestic violence is defined as an assault against an individual who is a family member or resides in the home, including:
- Former spouse
- Girlfriend or boyfriend
- Person with whom you have children
- Relation by blood or marriage
Our attorneys have helped many individuals faced with domestic violence charges, but we understand that every case is different, and we treat each of them as such. For more information about what we can do to help you, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Are Domestic Violence Charges A Misdemeanor Or A Felony In Tennessee?
Generally, domestic violence is a class A misdemeanor offense in Tennessee. The most common charges in domestic violence cases involve assault, aggravated assault, stalking, kidnapping, violation of restraining orders, and sex crimes.
What Are The Penalties For Domestic Violence?
Both penalties for misdemeanor and felony charges increase & decrease depending on the severity of the alleged crime and any prior criminal convictions – these penalties can include:
- Court-ordered Rehabilitation / Treatment Programs
- Jail Time
After charges are filed in Tennessee, it is up to the prosecuting attorney to decide whether to proceed with the case or dismiss it. Despite a victim’s request for a dismissal, the prosecutor may still pursue the case if there is sufficient evidence or there is concern for the victim’s safety. Although the victim’s wishes can be considered, they do not hold the sole authority to dismiss the charges.
If you are found not guilty, a judge can dismiss your domestic assault case. The judge will determine what type of sentence and/or fine you will receive if you are found guilty. A sentence hearing can take place on the same day or on another day.
Contact A Knoxville Domestic Violence Attorney
Contact us today to talk with a domestic violence attorney in Knoxville, TN. No matter what your Tennessee criminal law matter entails, you can be rest assured that our Knoxville law firm has the knowledge and skill needed to represent you. We focus exclusively on criminal defense and family law and are prepared to provide the tailored representation and counsel that you need to get the best results possible. Contact us today to set up a consultation and case evaluation!