Limited Clients. Proven Results.

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

Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Robert Stiefvater has been practicing law in Ohio since 2003.  He has a proven track record of successfully defending Rochester domestic violence cases.  Call Robert about your case.  Even if our Domestic Violence Law Firm is not currently accepting new clients, a Domestic Violence Lawyer will discuss your case with you and answer your questions.

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 Rochester, 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:

First Degree Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

Jail sentence up to 180 days and fine up to $1,000.

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

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

Contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer in Rochester 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 Rochester domestic violence will result in the issuance of a temporary protection order ("TPO"). A temporary protection order can restrict:

  1. Where you live.
  2. Who you can communicate with.
  3. 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 Lawyers 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 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 Defense Lawyers in Rochester, Ohio, 44090.

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 Lorain County: Amherst, Amherst (Township), Brighton, Avon Lake, Avon

Zip Codes in Rochester, Ohio: 44090