No one expects an argument with their significant other to turn into criminal charges, but unfortunately, it does happen, and when it does, it can feel like the end of the world.
Domestic violence charges can devastate your life, so it’s essential to understand what they are and how to defend yourself if you are arrested and charged with the offense.
What are the penalties for domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a term used to describe a wide range of abusive behaviors committed by intimate partners. Domestic battery is one of Indiana’s most common types of domestic violence charge. It covers a wide range of behaviors, including physical assault, sexual assault, and physical cruelty.
Domestic battery penalties can range from a Class A misdemeanor, which may include up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine, to a Level 2 felony and 10 to 30 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
It is important to take the accusations seriously if you are accused of domestic violence. In addition to the potential criminal penalties of prison time and fines, a domestic violence conviction can significantly impact your ability to find employment, obtain housing, and maintain custody of your children. You may also be required to undergo counseling and participate in domestic violence prevention programs.
You’ll likely want to seek legal representation as soon as possible to improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your case. Even if you are innocent of the charges, the legal process can be complicated and stressful. You may need someone who can advocate for you to protect your rights and mount a strong defense.