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Domestic Violence FAQ 

Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC  May 28, 2024

Domestic violence charges in Ohio can carry significant legal consequences and profoundly impact one's personal and professional life in the short and long term. Understanding the nuances of domestic violence laws in Ohio is important for anyone facing these serious allegations. 

At Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC, situated in Columbus, Ohio, our criminal defense attorneys provide comprehensive legal defense services to clients throughout Dublin, Westerville, Gahanna, and beyond. With a thorough understanding of Ohio's legal system, our team is dedicated to delivering vigorous defense strategies tailored to each client's unique circumstances. Call us today if you're looking for skilled and reliable legal representation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence Charges in Ohio

1. What Constitutes Domestic Violence in Ohio? 

Ohio law defines domestic violence as knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family or household member. This also includes actions that cause fear of imminent physical harm. Family or household members encompass spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, cohabitants, or those who share a child. 

2. What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Ohio? 

The penalties for domestic violence in Ohio vary based on the severity of the offense and the defendant's prior criminal history. Possible penalties include: 

  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. 

  • Fifth-Degree Felony: Six to twelve months in prison and a fine up to $2,500. 

  • Fourth-Degree Felony: Six to eighteen months in prison and a fine up to $5,000. 

  • Third-Degree Felony: Nine months to five years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. 

3. Can Domestic Violence Charges Be Dropped? 

Yes, domestic violence charges can potentially be dropped, but this decision rests with the prosecutor, not the victim. The prosecutor will consider factors such as the evidence strength, the victim's wishes, and public interest when deciding whether to proceed with the charges. 

4. What Should One Do If Accused of Domestic Violence? 

If accused of domestic violence, it is essential to seek legal representation immediately. Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC recommends avoiding any contact with the alleged victim and refraining from discussing the case with anyone other than a qualified attorney. Documenting events and gathering any evidence that could support one's defense is also important. 

5. Can a Domestic Violence Charge Affect Child Custody? 

Yes, a domestic violence conviction can significantly impact child custody arrangements. Courts prioritize the child's best interests and may limit or deny custodial rights to individuals convicted of domestic violence. Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC can provide legal guidance to help mitigate these impacts. 

6. Are There Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges? 

Several defenses can be employed against domestic violence charges, including self-defense, lack of evidence, false allegations, and procedural errors during the arrest or investigation. Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC examines each case's unique details to formulate a robust defense strategy. 

7. What Is a Temporary Protection Order (TPO)? 

A Temporary Protection Order (TPO) is a court order issued to protect the alleged victim from further harm. A TPO can include provisions such as no-contact orders, removal from the shared residence, and restrictions on visiting specific locations. Violating a TPO can result in additional criminal charges. 

8. How Does a Domestic Violence Charge Affect Employment? 

A domestic violence charge can adversely affect one's employment, especially if the job requires a clean criminal record or involves working with vulnerable populations. Employers may conduct background checks, and a conviction can lead to termination or difficulty securing future employment. 

9. Can a Domestic Violence Conviction Be Expunged? 

Expungement, or the sealing of criminal records, is possible for certain offenses in Ohio. However, domestic violence convictions are generally not eligible for expungement. Consulting with Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC can provide clarity on available legal options based on individual circumstances. 

10. How Can Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC Help?

Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC offers experienced legal defense for individuals facing domestic violence charges. The firm provides personalized consultations, thorough case analysis, and strategic defense planning. Attorneys Stephen Wolfe and Elizabeth Mote are committed to protecting clients' rights and achieving the best possible outcomes. 

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Domestic violence charges in Ohio are serious and can have long-lasting repercussions. It is essential for anyone facing such charges to understand their rights and the legal processes involved with the help of a criminal defense attorney.  

Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC, based in Columbus, Ohio, serves areas such as Dublin, Westerville, Gahanna, Hilliard, Licking County, Newark, Heath, Granville, Fairfield County, Lancaster, Pickerington, Delaware County, City of Delaware, Lewis Center, and Powell, stands ready to assist individuals in mounting a strong defense. 

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC today. Take the first step toward safeguarding your future and ensuring a fair legal process.