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What happens after domestic violence accusations in Tennessee?

Domestic violence harms a victim, his or her family, friends and others. Its impact can be felt in many ways, from the stress of the danger the victim faces to the impact on a community. Domestic violence isn't just physical, though that is one of the types most obvious to others.

Domestic violence is illegal, and that means that if you're accused, you can face losing your rights to your children, your home and other things in your life. You could be facing time in prison and may need a very strong defense to prevent yourself from facing heavy fines and penalties.

Domestic violence isn't just against a person's spouse. It can be against children, sexual partners, adoptive relatives and others. Domestic violence often occurs alongside other crimes, like neglect, kidnapping and rape, so anyone accused may have to defend against allegations like those as well.

You can face up to 11 months and 29 days in prison if you are convicted of domestic violence. If you are convicted of the lesser offense, a Class B misdemeanor instead of Class A, you could spend up to six months in jail. Any time an offense is committed against a police officer, the maximum fines increase.

The alleged victim may have a protective order following a violent incident. In that case, it's very important that you don't violate the order. If you do, you could be arrested for violating it. Additionally, you'll face a Class A misdemeanor charge.

These are a few things to consider if you're charged with domestic violence. You have rights and you need to protect them.

Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Domestic Violence Laws," accessed June 16, 2017

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