Limited Clients. Proven Results.
By limiting the number of clients we serve, the Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law can devote the time and resources needed to successfully defend your University Heights domestic violence charge. Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has established himself as a "go to" attorney for those facing domestic violence charges in University Heights, Ohio.
Licensed to practice law in Ohio since 2003, Domestic Violence Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has a proven track record of successfully defending University Heights domestic violence cases. Call and speak with Robert about your case. Even if our Domestic Violence Law Firm is not currently accepting new cases, Robert will discuss your case with you and give you a better understanding of the steps you need to take to protect yourself from a domestic violence conviction.
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 University Heights, or anywhere in Ohio, has serious penalties. Domestic violence can be a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction for domestic violence cannot be expunged. Subsequent domestic violence convictions have increased penalties. Penalties range from misdemeanor sentences to felony sentences with mandatory prison time. For example, conviction of a:
Third Degree Felony Domestic Violence
9 months to 5 years in prison and fine up to $10,000.
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 will lose or be prevented from obtaining a concealed carry permit.
- Your employer may have grounds to terminate your employment.
- You may lose security clearance.
- You may lose your professional license: nursing, teacher, doctor, etc.
Contact a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in University Heights 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 University Heights domestic violence will result in the issuance of a temporary protection order or TPO. A temporary protection order can restrict:
- Where you live.
- Who you can communicate with.
- 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 Lawyers can defend the civil protection order hearing as well. Temporary Protection Orders terminate 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 Defense Lawyers in University Heights, Ohio, 44118.
Ohio Revised Code Section 2919.25 governs Domestic Violence. The following is an excerpt from that 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.
Zip Codes in University Heights, Ohio: 44118, 44121