Memphis Domestic Violence Lawyer
One-to-One Attention from Start to Finish
Domestic violence charges should not be taken lightly. Even the least severe
charges can have a significant impact on a person’s life. If you
have been accused of domestic violence, now is the time to seek aggressive
legal representation. Our Memphis domestic violence attorney, Tim
Francavilla, has 25 years of experience creating successful defense strategies
to get our clients’ charges dropped or reduced. No matter the specific
charges you are facing,
Attorney Tim Francavilla can help you pursue a favorable outcome.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence in Tenneesse?
Domestic violence includes any behavior that harms, humiliates, manipulates,
or injures a family or household member. The offense can take many different
forms and can be of a physical, sexual, economical, or psychological nature.
When a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury
to an individual in their family or household, causes them to reasonably
fear imminent bodily injury, or touches them in a manner that they find
extremely provocative or offensive, it can result in domestic assault charges.
Don’t overlook the seriousness of your charges. Call
(901) 979-9992 to obtain qualified legal counsel immediately.
In Tennessee, a family or household member includes:
- A current or former spouse of the offender
- A person with whom the offender previously resided
- An individual who is dating or previously dated the offender
- A person who is related to the offender by blood or adoption
- An individual who is or was related to the offender by marriage
- An adult or minor child of either the offender or a person who has one
of the above relationships with the offender
Penalties for Domestic Assault in Memphis
The penalties for domestic assault in Tennessee are the same as those for
general assault crimes. Domestic assault offenders will face the additional
consequences of losing the right to carry a firearm and being required
to pay a fine that funds the family violence shelter programs.
The punishments you can expect to face if convicted for domestic assault include:
Fines and jail time – When charged as a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, domestic assault
is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a maximum fine
of $2,500. If the domestic assault offense is considered to be “aggravated,”
the offender can be charged with a Class C or Class D felony, carrying
fines of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of up to 2 to 15 years.
Victim restitution – A conviction for domestic assault may also result in the offender
paying restitution to the victim for any expenses they have incurred as
a result of the crime. This could include the cost of medical treatment,
counseling, or repair of damaged property.
A criminal record – A domestic assault conviction will become part of your permanent
criminal record. This means that if you are convicted later of another
criminal offense, you may suffer even harsher consequences than the first
time. You may have certain professional licenses revoked. In addition,
you may have difficulty in applying for housing or finding a job.