Being accused of domestic violence is very serious. It can even lead to a wide variety of criminal charges, such as physical assault, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. In addition to possible criminal penalties, a domestic violence incident can result in a protection order between you and your family members. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should seek legal advice right away to protect your rights.
First, it is helpful to understand what the term domestic violence means. When most people hear that term, they think of an act of violence between two spouses or significant others. In fact, the term domestic violence is much broader. Domestic violence refers to any violent act committed by one member of the family or household against another. This includes current and former spouses, significant others, sexual partners, grandparents, children, and stepchildren.
A person accused of domestic violence in Kentucky or Tennessee may be charged with a number of crimes, depending on the circumstances. Here is a list of possible charges:
- Sexual misconduct
- Sexual abuse
- Criminal mischief
- Endangering the welfare of a minor
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Criminal trespass
- Assault and battery
A conviction for one of these violent crimes can result in years behind bars. Moreover, a protection order can be entered between you and any alleged victims. These consequences can be devastating. They can impact your relationships, your reputation, and your career.
If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you need an attorney who will fight aggressively for you. At the law office of Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law, our attorney has defended clients who have been accused of all types of violent crimes. Mr. Thompson serves clients throughout the areas of Oak Grove, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee. He also serves military service members at Fort Campbell.
Using years of experience, our attorney will do everything possible to defend your rights and to mitigate the consequences of your charges. Mr. Thompson has a background in the military, which means that nothing fazes him. He will not back down even in the most challenging situations. To learn more about how we can help, please visit our violent crimes page.