Limited Clients. Proven Results.
The Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers at Stiefvater Law have established themselves as the “go to” defense team for domestic violence charges in Westfield, Ohio. By limiting the number of clients we serve, Stiefvater Law can dedicate the time and resources needed to successfully defend your Westfield domestic violence charge.
Practicing law in Ohio since 2003, Domestic Violence Lawyer Robert Stiefvater has a proven track record of successfully defending domestic violence cases in Westfield, 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:
- 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 Westfield, 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:
Fifth Degree Felony Domestic Violence
6 to 12 months in prison and fine up to $2,500.
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 Defense Attorney at Stiefvater Law to discuss your Westfield charges and to discuss the defense of your case.
Temporary Protection Order
Just being charged with a Westfield 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 Lawyers 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 Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the Domestic Violence Lawyers in Westfield, Ohio, 44214.
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.
Zip Codes in Westfield, Ohio: 44217, 44215, 44254, 44256, 44273, 44214