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Domestic violence is a serious crime in Tennessee

Domestic violence is a risk to everyone in a home, whether there are children or adults present. In Tennessee, domestic assault is treated seriously, so if you're accused of a crime, it's vital that you begin to defend yourself as soon as possible. Without a good defense, you could face penalties that you don't deserve.

Domestic assault can involve many different people, not just current spouses or children. Cohabitants, like roommates, current or former relatives, adoptive relatives, relatives or former spouses may also be victims of domestic violence. Domestic assault against these people is defined as the reckless injuring of or intentional injury of others. It is also defined as causing the individuals to fear offensive contact or bodily injuries.

On top of the accusations of domestic violence or assault, you could face other charges. For example, if there are allegations of holding a person in the home against his or her will, you could face charges for false imprisonment and domestic violence. Likewise, endangerment or neglect charges could be filed against you if you put a child in danger.

If you lose a case and are convicted of breaking the laws regarding domestic violence, you could lose your right to owning firearms. Additionally, you could be sent to prison or face fines. It's possible for the other party or parties to obtain a restraining order, which could require you to leave your home. If you violate the order, you could face additional penalties not listed here. Your attorney can help you fight the allegations, so you have a better chance of getting your side of the story heard without bias.

Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Domestic Violence Laws," accessed Nov. 24, 2017

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