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Domestic assault is one of the most common domestic abuse charges in Tennessee. Assault is categorized as domestic depending on the relationship between the victim and the offender. For example, assault between current or former spouses, current or former roommates, current or former dating or sexual partners, blood relatives or adopted relatives, relatives through marriage, or parents and children would be considered domestic abuse.
Domestic assault consists of any of the following conduct:
If the assault results in serious bodily injury or involves attempted strangulation or a deadly weapon, the charge may be elevated to aggravated assault. Other domestic abuse-related crimes include stalking and harassment, violating an order of protection, and more.
Those charged with a domestic abuse-related crime can face the following penalties.
Depending on the facts of the situation, a domestic assault offender can be charged with a Class A or B misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, along with a $15,000 fine. A Class B misdemeanor offender can face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. A judge can also add $100 to $200 as an additional fine.
An aggravated assault offender can be charged with a Class C or D felony. A Class C felony carries a sentence of three to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A Class D felony offender may spend two to 12 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. When it is a domestic-related charge, the judge can also add a fine of up to $200.
Harassment is classified as either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony. A Class E felony is punishable by one to six years in prison and a fine up to $3,000. While stalking can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony.
Violating a restraining order or order of protection is charged as a Class A misdemeanor.
Repeat offenses can lead to even harsher penalties and possibly restitution for the domestic abuse victim.
We know the significant impact a domestic abuse charge can have on your life. Ensure you have the skilled representation you deserve. Call (615) 622-6060 to schedule a free consultation today.