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Carmel Domestic Violence Attorney
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A domestic violence charge is far more than a criminal accusation, as it can carry harsh societal stereotypes as well. People are quick to assume you’re guilty despite your accusation being, well, an accusation. As a result, your peers and loved ones may question their relationship with you and whether they can trust you.
What Is Domestic Violence?
A common misconception is that domestic violence involves only physical violence. However, that’s not the case, which is why it’s easy for “victims” to believe they’re getting abused.
Domestic violence can be expressed in the following ways:
- Emotional abuse
- Isolation from friends and family
- Verbal abuse (threats, blame, intimidation, name-calling)
- Sexual abuse
- Technological abuse (asking for your partner’s passwords to monitor their social media activity)
- Financial abuse
As such, a heated argument in which you slammed a door too hard or raised your voice too loud can quickly turn into a domestic violence allegation.
In Indiana, domestic violence is defined as violence between family or household members, including those who have a child in common. It is incorporated into the crime of domestic battery, which is defined as a person knowingly or intentionally touching a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner or places any bodily fluid or waste on them.
Domestic Battery Penalties
A domestic battery charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to $5,000 fines and one year in jail. However, you can face a Level 6 felony charge if you have a previous, unrelated conviction for battery or strangulation. A Level 6 felony is punishable by up to 2.5 years in jail and up to $10,000 fines.
We understand these penalties seem intimidating, but we can confidently handle your case and seek to negotiate your sentence down or get it dismissed altogether. As trusted domestic violence attorneys in Carmel, we developed strong relationships with most prosecutors in the area, allowing us to work with them friend-to-friend rather than lawyer-to-prosecutor. As such, we can increase your chances of walking away with little to no penalties.
Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges
When you speak with us during a free consultation, we can carefully walk you through your options, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Depending on the details of your case, we can build defense strategies that support your innocence.
Some examples include:
- False accusation
- The crime resulted from the victim’s behavior
- The crime can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
Our goal is to form a strong, genuine relationship with you, rather than treating you like just another case number as many lawyers do. To build an effective, personalized defense strategy and make your experience as smooth as possible, we make the effort to get to know you on a deeper level.
Your fight for freedom is just a phone call away. Contact us at (317) 669-9010 to arrange a free consultation today!
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Having around the clock access to legal counsel means you get questions answered and concerns addressed. Blankenship Law isn’t the biggest firm in town, but it’s the biggest friend in the legal system you can have on your side.
Having a working relationship with many of the prosecutors in the area, Attorney Eric Blankenship is able to maneuver your case through the system with greater ease than other lawyers.
When your freedom is on the line, courtroom experience matters. Attorney Eric Blankenship has tried over a hundred jury trials.
As a former Marion County Prosecutor, Attorney Eric Blankenship knows both sides of the criminal court system and is 100% dedicated to only providing criminal legal services.
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