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Domestic violence is a very serious charge that starts off as a misdemeanor but may be a felony charge depending on your prior history with the law.
As a misdemeanor all first offense domestic violence charges where physical harm is the basis for the charge (which can be something as simple as a scratch) start with up to 6 months in jail, fines, court costs, and up to five years of probation on top of the jail time.
On top of the criminal penalties that are imposed on you for a domestic violence conviction, you have several civil type of penalties – you can never have possession of a firearm, you cannot expunge the charge, and you may be subject to a civil protection order.
Lastly, domestic violence charges escalate depending on the number of priors that you have. Your second domestic violence is a felony with prison being a reality.
You can be charged with domestic violence for no better reason than a family member said you hit them, without any other proof.
Call (440) 471-7784. Ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, regarding the specifics of your matter.
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