Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys In Ohio
Relationships are messy – particularly those involving family members or an intimate partner. For these reasons and more, allegations of domestic violence can also be messy. But make no mistake: It is critical to respond quickly and decisively if you’ve been charged with a domestic violence offense. Your freedom and your rights are on the line.
At Soroka & Associates, LLC, our attorneys are ready to help you resolve your criminal charges in the most favorable manner available. We will start by helping you understand exactly what you have been charged with and what the consequences might be if convicted. Then, we will work with you to create a legal strategy designed to contest those charges or otherwise mitigate their effects on your life and your family.
What To Know About Domestic Violence Cases And Charges
In Ohio, domestic violence can include both actual physical harm inflicted upon someone else or the threat of physical harm. Your conduct must be either knowing or reckless to be considered domestic violence. Whether the crime is charged as a felony or misdemeanor depends on:
- The extent of the victim’s injuries
- The circumstances surrounding the incident
- Whether you have any previous convictions for domestic violence
What distinguishes domestic violence from similar offenses like assault is the relationship between the alleged offender and the alleged victim. You could be charged with domestic violence if you inflicted physical harm or threats upon a member of your family or a current/previous member of your household. More specifically, domestic violence victims could include:
- Your child or your parent (including a foster parent)
- Your spouse, ex-spouse or a romantic partner you’ve lived with in the past five years
- The other parent of your child or children, regardless of whether you have ever been married or lived together
- One of your extended family members
- A parent or child of your spouse/ex/romantic partner
- Someone in the extended family of your spouse/ex/romantic partner
Loss Of Gun Rights
Federal law generally prohibits convicted felons from owning, purchasing, selling or transporting firearms, and those bans can be lifelong. Even if you were convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense, you could face a similar loss of gun rights.
In some cases, it is possible to restore your ownership rights. But this can be a lengthy and laborious process. The better course of action is to fight the charges and keep your gun rights intact. For this, you’ll need the help of a skilled attorney like those at our firm.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Case Today
From our office in Columbus, Soroka & Associates, LLC, serves clients throughout the surrounding parts of Ohio. To discuss your criminal charges and learn how we can help you, call us at 614-358-6525 or send us an email.