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The Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law have established themselves as the “go to” defense team for domestic violence charges in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. By limiting the number of clients we serve, Stiefvater Law can dedicate the time and resources needed to successfully defend your Cleveland Heights domestic violence charge.

Practicing law in Ohio since 2003, Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has a proven track record of successfully defending  domestic violence cases in Cleveland Heights, 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 Attorneys 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 Cleveland Heights, 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:

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:

  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 Lawyer at Stiefvater Law to discuss your Cleveland Heights charges and to discuss the defense of your case.

Temporary Protection Order

Just being charged with a Cleveland Heights 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 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 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 Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the Domestic Violence Lawyers in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44106.

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:

Definitions

(1) "Family or household member" means any of the following:

(a) Any of the following who is residing or has resided with the offender:

(i) A spouse, a person living as a spouse, or a former spouse of the offender;

(ii) A parent, a foster parent, or a child of the offender, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to the offender;

(iii) 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.

(b) The natural parent of any child of whom the offender is the other natural parent or is the putative other natural parent.

(2) "Person living as a spouse" means a person who is living or has lived with the offender in a common law marital relationship, who otherwise is cohabiting with the offender, or who otherwise has cohabited with the offender within five years prior to the date of the alleged commission of the act in question.

(3) "Pregnant woman's unborn" has the same meaning as "such other person's unborn," as set forth in section 2903.09 of the Revised Code, as it relates to the pregnant woman. Division (C) of that section applies regarding the use of the term in this section, except that the second and third sentences of division (C)(1) of that section shall be construed for purposes of this section as if they included a reference to this section in the listing of Revised Code sections they contain.

(4) "Termination of the pregnant woman's pregnancy" has the same meaning as "unlawful termination of another's pregnancy," as set forth in section 2903.09 of the Revised Code, as it relates to the pregnant woman. Division (C) of that section applies regarding the use of the term in this section, except that the second and third sentences of division (C)(1) of that section shall be construed for purposes of this section as if they included a reference to this section in the listing of Revised Code sections they contain.

Cities in Cuyahoga County: Bedford Heights, Bay Village, Bentleyville, Bedford, Beachwood

Zip Codes in Cleveland Heights, Ohio: 44112, 44121, 44106, 44118