Domestic assault is a serious issue in the state of Tennessee and, as such, the consequences of a conviction can be quite severe, depending on the details of the crime. In addition to the criminal penalties one may face, a conviction may also impact a defendant’s ability to own a firearm, retain employment, and rent an apartment. If you are facing domestic assault charges, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and future.
The Consequences of Domestic Assault
Domestic assault may include threats, sexual violence, emotional abuse, and physical violence. In Tennessee, domestic assault is defined as assault against a person who is a member of the defendant’s household or family, including:
- A relative by marriage
- A blood relative
- The former or current spouse of the defendant
- A roommate or partner with whom the defendant had an intimate relationship
- A child or adult member of the defendant’s household
Domestic assault charges are generally treated as a Class A Misdemeanor in Tennessee. If convicted the maximum jail sentence is less than a year in jail and up to $200 in fines. Additionally, the defendant must also surrender any firearms. In some cases, a defendant may also be required to take an alcohol or drug treatment program, a counseling program to address anger issues, or a batterer’s intervention program.
If you are convicted of a domestic assault charge, it cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Given the far-reaching consequences you can potentially experience as a result of a domestic assault conviction, it is imperative that you retain the legal services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who will advocate on your behalf.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss the Details of Your Domestic Assault Case
If you are facing domestic assault charges, the criminal defense team at Patton & Pittman Attorneys will provide the aggressive representation you need to overcome the legal challenges you may face. Our attorneys have more than 85 years of collective experience, which we will use to your advantage. We understand how overwhelming it can be to face such serious charges, so you can expect us to work diligently to build a solid case on your behalf.
Reach out to our law office today at (931) 361-4477 to set up a free initial consultation with a skilled member of our criminal defense team to discuss the details of your case.