Domestic violence is a type of abuse committed against a partner or close relative. A person can be charged with domestic violence for attacks that cause physical harm, threats of violence or force against a family member, or even accidental actions that result in an injury to others. It is a serious crime in Ohio, and can carry a wide variety of penalties.
Who Is Protected Under Ohio Domestic Violence Laws?
Ohio law specifically prohibits violence against a family member or someone living in the household. Any acts of aggression against a spouse, former spouse, romantic partner, parent, foster parent, child, or an extended family member may be considered domestic violence.
Defendants can be charged with domestic violence for:
- Threats. Threats may be considered a crime if they cause a victim to reasonably fear an imminent physical attack. Threatening another person may result in a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, with a higher penalty imposed if the victim was pregnant or the aggressor had one or more previous convictions for domestic violence.
- Harm. Violence against a household member that results in physical injuries may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on whether the aggressor has previously been convicted for domestic violence or caused harm to an unborn child.
- Reckless acts. You don’t have to intentionally injure another person to be charged with domestic violence. Any action that results in harm could lead to an arrest if the aggressor acted without regard for safety. Reckless actions include slamming a door without realizing a partner’s hand was on the frame, or pushing a child out of the way only to have him fall down the stairs.
Are you or someone you know facing domestic violence charges?
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need to speak with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is one of U.S. News' Best Law Firms. Please contact us online or call our Cincinnati office directly at 513-929-9333 to schedule your free consultation.