Murfreesboro TN Domestic Abuse Attorneys

Domestic abuse is serious

As the number one threat of violence against American women, the state of Tennessee takes a serious stance on domestic abuse. Perpetrators of domestic assault can be penalized with heavy fines and even jail time if proven guilty. When it comes to family law matters, including violence, divorce and child custody, the Murfreesboro family lawyers at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Lawhave more than 40 years of combined experience on your side. We assist individuals in Murfreesboro and throughout surrounding counties, including Wilson, Cannon, Bedford, Coffee and Warren County.

Classifications of domestic assault

In Tennessee, there is either simple assault or aggravated assault. Simple assault, which entails a bruise or a scrape, consists of the following:

  • Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another individual
  • Causing a person to reasonably believe that they are in danger of bodily injury
  • Making offensive physical contact with another person

Aggravated assault, which is anything from a broken bone to disfigurement, consists of the following:

  • Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing serious bodily injury to a person
  • Committing an actual assault
  • Using a deadly weapon to commit an assault
  • Attempting to intentionally injure by strangulation
  • Intentionally or knowingly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury or commit assault while under an order, diversion or probation agreement prohibiting those actions
  • Class A misdemeanor: 11 to 29 days in jail and/or a fee of $2,500
  • Class B misdemeanor: Up to 6 months in jail and/or a fee of $500
  • Class C felony: 3 to 15 years in prison and/or a fee of $10,000
  • Class D felony: 2 to 12 years in prison and/or a fee of $5,000

The punishment for domestic abuse

In addition, other penalties can include:

  • Offender must relinquish their right to carry a firearm
  • Offender will be required to pay a special fine which goes towards helping shelter programs against domestic violence

Once a person has been convicted for domestic assault, it becomes part of their permanent record, eliminating the possibility of certain professional licenses, influencing future court decisions and potentially complicating future employment.

Contact experienced Murfreesboro family law attorneys today if you have been the victim of domestic abuse

The Murfreesboro family lawyers at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Lawoffer compassionate guidance when you need it most. We help families just like yours find their way safely through domestic matters, providing personalized attention and quick dispute resolution. Call us at 615-893-1331 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Murfreesboro office. Evening and Saturday appointments available.