Facing allegations of domestic abuse
Domestic assault is a serious criminal offense in Tennessee and Kentucky. The broader term, "domestic violence," includes domestic assault, harassment, terroristic threats and emotional abuse. These types of allegations can have a huge effect on child custody and divorce proceedings. If you have been accused of domestic assault or harassment, understand that you face potentially serious consequences and contact the experienced attorneys at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC immediately. A lawyer from our Clarksville firm can listen to your side of the story, conduct inquiries, advocate for you at hearings and advise you of the best course of action to take.
Who can face domestic assault allegations?
Although men are most often the accused in domestic assault cases, anyone can face these serious allegations:
When the police are called to a domestic dispute, the police determine the aggressor and remove that person from the premises. A temporary order of protection is issued against the individual and stays in effect until a more formal court hearing is scheduled. At this hearing, the accuser must provide proof that the abuse took place, though the burden of proof is not as high as in a criminal proceeding.
Falsely accused? Let us advocate for dismissal
Unfortunately, false allegations of domestic abuse are frequently used as weapons during divorce and child custody proceedings. Even if the charges against you are completely false, you are required to fully comply with the terms of any temporary order of protection issued against you. Failing to do so can result in imprisonment and further sanctions. Instead, consult an experienced attorney and begin planning a defense for your upcoming order of protection hearing.
Regret what you did? Let us try to reduce the consequences
Psalm 37:8 says "Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it leads only to evil." Emotions are powerful, and people in a domestic conflict often lose control due to heightened stress. You may assault someone you love in the heat of the moment, doing so without premeditation, and regret your actions immediately thereafter. In that situation, we can also help you. We negotiate with the other party - the party's lawyer - to get the charges against you dropped or minimize the penalties. This is not easy because even when the other party is willing, the state prosecutor may want to proceed. Nevertheless, our undeterred lawyers can be extremely persuasive negotiators.
We are committed to defending those accused of domestic violence
If you have been accused of domestic violence in Tennessee or Kentucky, you may have a tough road ahead of you. During our more than 75 years of combined experience, we at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC have seen how heated arguments quickly escalate and how fabricated accusations can ruin lives. Our attorneys listen to your side of things with compassion, negotiate on your behalf and vigorously advocate for you in court. Call our firm at 931-444-5620 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our three Clarksville office locations.