It can be emotionally overwhelming to be charged with a crime. When that crime is domestic violence, your reputation and social status is at risk, even if the charge is eventually dropped. A domestic violence charge is considered a crime against the state, and it can wreak havoc on your life. If you’re facing criminal charges, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you in your case. At DiCaudo, Pitchford, and Yoder, we offer more than a decade of experience, and we’re a phone call away.

In this post, we’ll be discussing how domestic violence is defined to better understand how to defend against it in the court of law. Don’t let your freedom be taken away from you due to incompetent representation. Call us now!

How is domestic violence defined?

The United States Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women define domestic violence as the following:

“The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.”

The state of Ohio defines domestic violence similarly to the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women:

“Attempting to cause or recklessly causing bodily injury;

Placing another person by the threat of force in fear of imminent serious physical harm or committing a violation of section 2903.211 or 2911.211 of the Revised Code; Committing any act with respect to a child that would result in the child being an abused child, as defined in section 2151.031 of the Revised Code; Committing a sexually oriented offense.”

If you’ve been charged with a domestic violence charged, you’ve allegedly committed at least one of the following crimes:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Threats
  • Stalking
  • Cyberstalking

Who can be a victim of domestic abuse?

The simple answer is anyone. Domestic violence used to be called wife abuse; however, this term was changed when it was realized that domestic violence could affect anyone in the following relationships:

  • Spouse
  • Intimate partners
  • Family
  • Children
  • Cohabitants

How to defend against domestic violence charges?

Once you’ve been charged with domestic violence, there is little that will stop the state from pursuing prosecution. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you will need professional criminal defense representation. In the event you do pursue a criminal defense attorney, you’ll want to begin gathering documentation and evidence against the charges.

Here are some general sources of evidence to help clear your name of the criminal charge:

  • Medical records as it correlates to the case
  • Criminal history as it relates to you
  • Testimonies from trusted friends, family members, work colleagues, and more

Your Criminal Defense Attorney in Akron, Ohio

If you face criminal charges, you could face multiple years in jail, a stack of monetary fines, and a permanent mark on your record. You need professional legal representation. Don’t hesitate. Give DiCaudo, Pitchford, and Yoder a call today! We’ve been representing clients for more than a decade, and we’re positive we can help get you the best outcome possible for your case.