We Defend Individuals Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence
Whether You’re Dealing with Misdemeanor or Felony Allegations of Domestic Violence, We have the Skill and Experience to Handle Your Case
In 30 years of defending these type of cases, we have seldom seen more preposterous lies leveled against good people than in the arena of domestic violence. Yes, domestic violence is a real problem in all communities, however we have noticed that people who tend to engage our services are often facing false or exaggerated accusations of domestic abuse where the “victim” will use law enforcement as a weapon of retaliation against a spouse or intimate partner. Often this so-called victim will soon seek to retract the accusation in an effort to set things straight, but will be met by indifference or disbelief from police and prosecutors. These are extremely delicate legal situations which require the knowledge, skill, and experience of The Law Offices of Christopher Scott Maher.
Ohio Law Criminalizes a Variety of Domestic Assault Crimes; Second and Third Convictions of Domestic Violence Carry More Severe Penalties
Domestic violence charges may be brought for an act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the accused has or had an intimate relationship. This means that spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, stepparents, roommates or others living in the same household may be accused or victimized in these situations.
The following acts can be considered domestic violence:
- Actual or threatened physical harm
- Criminal harassment, such as threatening letters or phone calls
- Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
If you have a previous conviction for domestic violence, a subsequent charge will likely be “enhanced” such that a second or third conviction will carry more severe penalties.
The Stakes are High in any Domestic Violence Case
These cases are difficult and convictions can have significant consequences. Our strategy will be aimed to help you avoid the most serious result that can follow a domestic violence charge, which may include:
- Prison or jail sentence
- Restraining order
- Inability to return to your home
- Inability to see your children
- Difficulty finding or keeping a job
- Difficulty finding or keeping an apartment
- Mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program
- Inability to purchase, possess, or own firearms
- If an immigrant, removal from the United States
- Being saddled with a conviction that can never be expunged
Call 216-650-3676 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.