Your life can change in an instant when you are arrested for domestic violence in Sandusky, Ohio.
In addition to the legal and financial consequences of a conviction, there are immediate social consequences. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, find out what to expect and what your next step should be.
For more real advice, reach out to an experienced and skilled criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Troy Wisehart with Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co., LPA is ready to answer your questions, explain what comes next, and how to deal with domestic charges the right way.
Penalties for a Domestic Violence
When the police answer a domestic violence call, they assess the situation and generally arrest one party. This may happen even if the only evidence available is the other person’s claims. After the arrest, plan on remaining in jail until you can go before a judge for a bail decision.
A domestic violence conviction can lead to steep fines and jail sentences. The first domestic violence conviction is typically a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum six-month jail sentence and $1,000 fine.
If you have a previous domestic violence conviction, your second conviction could be a fourth-degree felony, which has a maximum fine of $5,000 and a sentence of up to 18 months. Those with more than two convictions could spend up to five years in jail and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
Fines and jail sentences also increase if the alleged victim was pregnant at the time.
A conviction may also mean probation, substance abuse counseling, or anger management therapy depending on the situation.
Other Domestic Violence Consequences
Beyond fines and jail time, there are many other consequences that come with domestic violence charges or convictions. These include:
- Being barred from holding, obtaining, or renewing certain professional licenses
- Inability to purchase or keep firearms
- Difficulty finding employment, as convictions will come up on a background check
- Losing custody or visitation rights
- Social isolation or exposure
- Difficulty maintaining a regular work schedule because of probation meetings, anger management, and other court-ordered obligations
Domestic Violence Protective Orders
When you are arrested, you may be placed on a Temporary Restraining Order for the duration of the case. This prevents you from being within a certain distance of the alleged victim, contacting them, or contacting them through a third party.
The order may be extended if the charges lead to a conviction or if the victim offers compelling evidence to the court.
What If the Other Party Decides Not to Press Charges?
It’s important to note that alleged victims do not press charges. The state presses charges based on the recommendation of the prosecutor.
Before charges are pressed, the alleged victim may recant or indicate that they do not want to testify. In many situations, the prosecutor will consider their wishes and recommend that charges not be filed. Once charges have been filed, the case may continue with or without the support of the alleged victim.
Domestic Violence Defense Options
It is crucial to discuss your defense with an attorney who has handled cases involving domestic violence in Sandusky. Without the help of an attorney, it is difficult to understand the implications of accepting a plea deal, pleading guilty, or trying to defend your innocence.
For example, accepting a plea deal may seem like it will minimize your charges and the consequences you face. However, it could also lead to a lifetime ban on owning firearms. By discussing your options with an attorney, you give yourself the best chance at making the right choice for your future.
Find Out How We Can Help With Your Domestic Violence Charges
Attorney Troy Wisehart of Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co., LPA has extensive experience in defending against domestic violence charges. The sooner you reach out after an arrest, the more quickly we can begin building your defense.