Under Tennessee Code §39-13-111, domestic assault is an assault that happens between:
Per Tennessee Code §39-13-101, assault is defined as:
Some instances of domestic assault fit these definitions perfectly, and others not so much. It is essential to discuss the details of your case with a seasoned Sevier County domestic assault attorney. Your attorney can review the facts in your circumstances to help determine the best strategy going forward.
In Tennessee, a simple (non-aggravated) domestic assault is charged as a Class A or B misdemeanor.
It is also of note that if you are convicted of domestic assault at any level, you must immediately forfeit any firearms, and you may lose the lifetime ability to own any. You might also lose your reputation and your job, the ability to obtain specific jobs in the future, and face severe financial consequences. If you have children, you may be prevented from seeing them in the future or may only be allowed to have court-supervised visits with them. A Sevier County domestic assault lawyer can work to build a defense or negotiate a plea deal that allows you to avoid the most serious consequences associated with your case.
When you meet with a domestic assault lawyer in Sevier County, you are meeting with a potential advocate. Remember, they are on your side. However, they will ask very detailed questions about your previous criminal record, your circumstances, and what took place to cause your charges. It is imperative that you are honest with your attorney, so they know how to best work for you. At your consultation, be prepared to answer questions such as:
Your attorney will obtain additional pertinent information by reviewing your arrest warrant, the affidavit of complaint, the full police report, and any witness statements. They may also interview the police officers involved in your arrest and the alleged victim.
Domestic assault charges are risky, even if you have no prior criminal history. Facing charges of domestic assault requires action on your part. You need to act to preserve your reputation, your finances, your job, and your future. Take steps to protect yourself today by hiring a qualified Sevier County domestic assault attorney whose priority is getting the best results possible in your case.
Call the Barnes and Fersten Law Firm at 865-805-5703 to schedule your consultation today with an experienced domestic assault attorney in Sevier County, or you can use our confidential online contact form. We also offer the convenient option of online video consultations.