Limited Clients. Proven Results.
By limiting the number of clients we serve, the Domestic Violence Lawyers at Stiefvater Law can devote the time and resources needed to successfully defend your Bethlehem domestic violence charge. Domestic Violence Attorney Robert Stiefvater has established himself as a "go to" attorney for those facing domestic violence charges in Bethlehem, Ohio.
Domestic Violence Attorney Robert Stiefvater has been practicing law in Ohio since 2003. He has a proven track record of successfully defending Bethlehem domestic violence cases. Call Robert about your case. Even if our Domestic Violence Defense Law Firm is not currently accepting new clients, a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney will discuss your case with you and answer your questions.
Ohio law defines Domestic Violence as:
- No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
- No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
- No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
Domestic Violence Penalties
A conviction of domestic violence in Bethlehem, or anywhere in Ohio, has severe and often lifelong penalties. Domestic violence can be either a felony or misdemeanor. Conviction of domestic violence cannot be expunged from your permanent record. Any later domestic violence charges have increased penalties. Domestic violence penalties range from misdemeanor to felony. Certain convictions have mandatory prison time. For example, conviction of a:
Second Degree Misdemeanor Domestic Violence
Jail sentence up to 90 days and a fine up to $750.
Besides the criminal penalties for conviction of domestic violence, there are other serious considerations. These are not limited to, but include:
- You will not be able to purchase a firearm.
- You may lose your professional license: nursing, teacher, doctor, etc.
- Your employer may have grounds to terminate your employment.
- You will lose or be prevented from obtaining a concealed carry permit.
- You may lose security clearance.
Contact a Domestic Violence Attorney in Bethlehem today to understand the penalties you are facing and to find out what we can do for you.
Temporary Protection Order
Just being charged with a Bethlehem domestic violence will result in the issuance of a temporary protection order ("TPO"). A temporary protection order can restrict:
- Where you live.
- Who you can communicate with.
- Who you can be around.
A temporary protection order is often a condition of bond in the criminal case. Frequently, the alleged victim files for a civil protection order ("CPO"). Our Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys will also defend your interests at the civil protection order hearing. A TPO automatically terminates at the conclusion of the criminal case. A civil protection order can be in place for up to 5 years.
Similar to all areas of the law, Ohio’s domestic violence laws use some special definitions. For Example:
Family or household member can mean a parent or a child of a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender.
Call the Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the Domestic Violence Attorneys in Bethlehem, Ohio, 44608.
The following comes from Ohio Revised Code Section 2919.25 (Ohio’s Domestic Violence Law):
Definition of Domestic Violence
(A) No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
(B) No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
(C) No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
Cities in Stark County: Brewster, Beach City, Canton (Township), Canal Fulton, Canton
Zip Codes in Bethlehem, Ohio: 44608, 44706, 44612, 44662, 44626