Domestic assault is a complex and often emotionally charged issue with close relationships on the line. Nobody expects to be charged with domestic assault but it can seriously impact your future.
Domestic assault can be a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor, or a felony depending on the conduct alleged, the amount of harm, and the person’s criminal history. A domestic assault conviction is enhanceable, meaning that a subsequent incident can have more serious consequences. Being charged with domestic assault can affect your employment, your relationships with family members, and your right to possess firearms.
An example of a felony domestic assault charge is domestic assault by strangulation, is a felony. Strangulation is defined as, “intentionally impeding normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth.” Domestic assault by strangulation carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
The best thing to do if you are accused of domestic assault is to find good, experienced representation. Look for an attorney you trust and feel comfortable with. Be honest with your lawyer about your needs and priorities for the case, and be sure to ask any questions as soon as they arise. At F. Clayton Tyler, we know there are two sides to every story and we want to hear what you have to say. We work with you to develop the best strategy of defense for your case and will pursue that defense aggressively. If you have been accused of domestic assault, you need good representation you can trust. With our firm you will receive Straight Talk and Honest Answers.
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