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Murfreesboro TN Criminal Defense Attorney Defends Against Charges of Domestic Assault

Defending the rights of the criminally accused since 1996

Prosecutors in Tennessee take domestic assault charges very seriously. With the help of advocacy groups, law enforcement and other professionals, domestic violence is more recognized today. However, false accusations or attempts to use a claim of this nature for an advantage regarding property or children may arise. It is important if you are accused of a domestic assault crime that you contact a lawyer experienced in handling these types of cases. Attorney David L. Scott has 20 years of legal experience defending the rights of the accused.

Explaining Tennessee domestic violence laws

For a crime to be considered a domestic assault in Tennessee, there must be a specific type of family relationship between the alleged perpetrator and victim, such as:

  • Current or former spouses
  • Roommates or people who formerly occupied the same residence
  • Romantic partners or former romantic partners
  • Blood or adoptive relatives
  • Current or former relatives by marriage
  • Co-parents

In addition to establishing this type of relationship, the prosecutor must also successfully prove the following information by proof beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to someone else
  • The defendant caused the person to be reasonably fearful of imminent bodily injury; or
  • The defendant caused physical contact with another person that a reasonable would find extremely provocative or offensive.

Each of these terms has special meaning and the prosecutor must establish that the defendant completed each element of the crime. For example, the term “reckless” refers to an act that was committed without any regard for the outcome. If the prosecutor is charging the defendant with aggravated assault or a form of assault with enhanced penalties, the prosecutor might have to demonstrate that the defendant completed other elements, such as caused serious bodily injury or used a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime.

Avoiding serious penalties

Penalties for conviction of domestic assault can be extremely serious. The potential penalty depends on the type of charge and whether it is considered a misdemeanor or felony. For example, assault that is charged as a Class B misdemeanor can result in up to six months in jail and a find up to $500 while a Class C felony charge can result in up to fifteen years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The defendant can also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim, pay an additional fine to fund domestic violence shelters and lose important rights, such as the right to carry a firearm. There can also be significant family law consequences for people convicted of domestic assault crimes.

An experienced criminal defense attorney will explore other possible options, such as judicial diversion, a suspended sentence or probation. He or she may be able to work out a favorable plea bargain so that as much jail time as possible may be avoided.

Protect your rights with experienced legal representation in Murfreesboro

When you are facing serious charges such as domestic assault, it is important to have legal representation you can rely on. Murfreesboro criminal attorney David L. Scott has two decades of experience defending the accused. To learn about your legal options, contact the Law Office of David L. Scott through our online form or call 615-896-7656 to schedule a confidential consultation.




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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

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