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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 Sheffield domestic violence charge. Domestic Violence Attorney Robert Stiefvater has established himself as a "go to" attorney for those facing domestic violence charges in Sheffield, Ohio.
Practicing law in Ohio since 2003, Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Robert Stiefvater has a proven track record of successfully defending domestic violence cases in Sheffield, 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 Defense Attorneys will provide a free domestic violence consultation.
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 Sheffield, 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:
Fourth Degree Felony Domestic Violence
6 to 18 months in prison and fine up to $5,000.
Besides the criminal penalties for conviction of domestic violence, there are other serious considerations. These are not limited to, but include:
- You may lose your professional license: nursing, teacher, doctor, etc.
- Your employer may have grounds to terminate your employment.
- You may lose security clearance.
- You will lose or be prevented from obtaining a concealed carry permit.
- You will not be able to purchase a firearm.
Contact a Domestic Violence Attorney at Stiefvater Law to discuss your Sheffield charges and to discuss the defense of your case.
Temporary Protection Order
Just being charged with a Sheffield domestic violence will result in the issuance of a temporary protection order or TPO. A temporary protection order can restrict:
- Who you can communicate with.
- Where you live.
- 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 the natural parent of any child of whom the offender is the other natural parent or is the putative other natural parent.
Call the Domestic Violence Lawyers at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the Domestic Violence Attorneys in Sheffield, Ohio, 44035.
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:
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: Avon Lake, Amherst (Township), Avon, Amherst, Brighton
Zip Codes in Sheffield, Ohio: 44035, 44054