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By limiting the number of clients we serve, the Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers at Stiefvater Law can devote the time and resources needed to successfully defend your Braceville domestic violence charge. Domestic Violence Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has established himself as a "go to" attorney for those facing domestic violence charges in Braceville, Ohio.

Practicing law in Ohio since 2003, Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has a proven track record of successfully defending  domestic violence cases in Braceville, Ohio.  Call and speak with Robert about your case.  Even if Domestic Violence Defense Law Firm Stiefvater Law, LLC is not currently accepting new clients, our Domestic Violence Lawyers will provide a free domestic violence consultation.

Ohio law defines Domestic Violence as:

  1. No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
  2. No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
  3. 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 Braceville, Ohio, has serious penalties.  Domestic violence can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.  A domestic violence conviction is on your record forever.  Any later domestic violence charges will be considered a higher degree based upon the prior.  Penalties range from felony with mandatory prison time to misdemeanor sentences.  For example, conviction of a:

Third Degree Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

Jail sentence up to 60 days and a fine up to $500.

Besides the criminal penalties for conviction of domestic violence, there are other serious considerations.  These are not limited to, but include:

  1. You may lose your professional license: nursing, teacher, doctor, etc.
  2. Your employer may have grounds to terminate your employment.
  3. You may lose security clearance.
  4. You will lose or be prevented from obtaining a concealed carry permit.
  5. You will not be able to purchase a firearm.

Contact a Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer at Stiefvater Law to discuss your Braceville charges and to discuss the defense of your case.

Temporary Protection Order

Just being charged with a Braceville domestic violence will result in the issuance of a temporary protection order or TPO. A temporary protection order can restrict:

  1. Who you can communicate with.
  2. Where you live.
  3. Who you can be around.

While the temporary protection order is often a condition of bond in the criminal case, the alleged victim often files for a civil protection order as well.  Our Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys can defend the civil protection order hearing as well. 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 spouse, a person living as a spouse, or a former spouse of the offender.

Call the Domestic Violence Lawyers at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the Domestic Violence Lawyers in Braceville, Ohio, 44430.

Section 2919.25 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) establishes the State of Ohio’s laws for Domestic Violence. The following comes from that section of the law:

Penalties

(1) Whoever violates this section is guilty of domestic violence, and the court shall sentence the offender as provided in divisions (D)(2) to (6) of this section.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (D)(3) to (5) of this section, a violation of division (C) of this section is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, and a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

(3) Except as otherwise provided in division (D)(4) of this section, if the offender previously has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of domestic violence, a violation of an existing or former municipal ordinance or law of this or any other state or the United States that is substantially similar to domestic violence, a violation of section 2903.14, 2909.06, 2909.07, 2911.12, 2911.211, or 2919.22 of the Revised Code if the victim of the violation was a family or household member at the time of the violation, a violation of an existing or former municipal ordinance or law of this or any other state or the United States that is substantially similar to any of those sections if the victim of the violation was a family or household member at the time of the commission of the violation, or any offense of violence if the victim of the offense was a family or household member at the time of the commission of the offense, a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the fourth degree, and, if the offender knew that the victim of the violation was pregnant at the time of the violation, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender pursuant to division (D)(6) of this section, and a violation of division (C) of this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree.

(4) If the offender previously has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of two or more offenses of domestic violence or two or more violations or offenses of the type described in division (D)(3) of this section involving a person who was a family or household member at the time of the violations or offenses, a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the third degree, and, if the offender knew that the victim of the violation was pregnant at the time of the violation, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender pursuant to division (D)(6) of this section, and a violation of division (C) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

(5) Except as otherwise provided in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section, if the offender knew that the victim of the violation was pregnant at the time of the violation, a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree, and the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender pursuant to division (D)(6) of this section, and a violation of division (C) of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree.

(6) If division (D)(3), (4), or (5) of this section requires the court that sentences an offender for a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section to impose a mandatory prison term on the offender pursuant to this division, the court shall impose the mandatory prison term as follows:

(a) If the violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the fourth or fifth degree, except as otherwise provided in division (D)(6)(b) or (c) of this section, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender of at least six months.

(b) If the violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree and the offender, in committing the violation, caused serious physical harm to the pregnant woman's unborn or caused the termination of the pregnant woman's pregnancy, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender of twelve months.

(c) If the violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the fourth degree and the offender, in committing the violation, caused serious physical harm to the pregnant woman's unborn or caused the termination of the pregnant woman's pregnancy, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender of at least twelve months.

(d) If the violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the third degree, except as otherwise provided in division (D)(6)(e) of this section and notwithstanding the range of prison terms prescribed in section 2929.14 of the Revised Code for a felony of the third degree, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender of either a definite term of six months or one of the prison terms prescribed in section 2929.14 of the Revised Code for felonies of the third degree.

(e) If the violation of division (A) or (B) of this section is a felony of the third degree and the offender, in committing the violation, caused serious physical harm to the pregnant woman's unborn or caused the termination of the pregnant woman's pregnancy, notwithstanding the range of prison terms prescribed in section 2929.14 of the Revised Code for a felony of the third degree, the court shall impose a mandatory prison term on the offender of either a definite term of one year or one of the prison terms prescribed in section 2929.14 of the Revised Code for felonies of the third degree.

Cities in Trumbull County: Weathersfield, Yankee Lake, Youngstown, West Hill, West Farmington

Zip Codes in Braceville, Ohio: 44444, 44430, 44481, 44470