Ohio Domestic Violence Lawyer

Ohio Domestic Violence Lawyer

Unlike some other states, Ohio law contains a specific charge known as Domestic Violence. Ohio domestic violence laws (R.C. 2919.25) make it illegal to do the following:

  • No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
  • No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
  • No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.

The common element at the core of each of these crimes is the fact that the accused must have caused physical harm, or attempted to cause physical harm, to a household member.

An Ohio domestic violence attorney can advocate for clients who have been accused of all forms of domestic violence. A skillful attorney can work to protect their clients’ freedoms and while also striving to preserve positive familial relationships.

 

Ohio's Laws Regarding Domestic Violence

The Ohio Revised Code devotes an entire chapter to the punishment of domestic violence in R.C. 2919.25, which contains all of the definitions, elements, and available penalties for the three qualifying domestic violence offenses.

At the center of any domestic violence charge is the requirement that a person causes, or attempts to cause, physical harm to a household member. In the absence of actual physical harm, the household member must have been put into a position in which a reasonable person would have feared imminent harm to themselves or another household member.

The first requirement is that the action be taken against a family or household member. This includes:

  • A spouse, a person living as a spouse, or a former spouse of the offender
  • A parent, foster parent, or a child of the offender, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to the offender
  • A parent or a child of a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender
  • The natural parent of any child of whom the offender is the other natural parent or is the
  • putative other natural parent

Actual physical contact is not necessary for a domestic violence charge to be brought against a person. For example, if a husband were to swing his fist at his wife and miss, a domestic violence charge may still be brought for the attempt. This should result in contact with an Ohio domestic violence attorney.

How an Ohio Domestic Violence Attorney Can Help

An Ohio domestic violence attorney works to represent people charged with any degree of domestic violence. They know the law, and how to skillfully defend against these serious accusations.

A conviction under Ohio domestic violence laws can result in harsh fines, and significant jail time. It can also impact familial relationships. Don’t take unnecessary chances; contact the firm today.

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