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Have you been charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault, or battery? If so, there is no time to waste. The first step you should take is contacting an experienced defense attorney. Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Mandell at Fausone Bohn, LLP has years of experience handling our domestic violence, aggravated assault, and battery cases. Call us at (248) 380-0000 to discuss your domestic violence charge and what the next steps are.

What is Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault, and Battery?

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of threatening or violent behaviors combined with other kinds of abuse. Abusers may be married to, live with, or be dating the individual they are abusing. Abusers can also threaten or intimidate their ex-spouse or someone they used to live with or date. Domestic violence can include acts like physical assaults, threats, stalking, sexual abuse, and verbal, emotional, or financial abuse.

Assault is when an individual puts another person in reasonable fear of injury, by a verbal threat, or physical action, without touching. Battery occurs when that threat is carried out by contacting the victim. The victim does not need to be injured by contact, so long as the contact was unwanted and would be offensive to that person. This also applies to Assault & Battery of another’s spouse, ex-spouse, someone you are dating, resident, or former resident of the same household.

Aggravated assault is defined as an assault, without a weapon, that results in a serious or aggravated injury without intending to commit murder or inflict great bodily harm less than murder.


Penalties for Domestic Violence Convictions

An individual charged with Assault or Assault and Battery is subject to a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail, and a maximum $500 fine. These penalties also apply if you are charged with Assault or Assault & Battery of a pregnant person. Jail time is increased to 1 year and a $1,000 fine if you have more than one previous conviction. If convicted of Assault or Assault & Battery of a pregnant person, you will be subject to a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days or a fine of $500, or both.

An individual charged with Aggravated Assault & Battery is subject to a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If you have more than one previous conviction, it is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

Assault with intent to do great bodily harm, less than murder, or assaulting by strangulation or suffocation is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Strangulation and suffocation are to intentionally impede normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of another person.


Why You Need Fausone Bohn, LLP

Fausone Bohn, LLP’s criminal defense team are experienced professionals with a variety of experience handling domestic violence charges. We are not only top-defense attorneys in our practice, but we are also family members, parents, and grandparents.

We understand tensions can run high, especially when you mix in a domestic violence charge. We do everything in our power to help ease those tensions and help you take a closer look at the punishments you are facing. Our defense team includes former prosecutors who have handled cases like yours in the past and are aware of what is needed to negotiate for the best possible outcome. Make the right choice, choose Fausone Bohn, LLP to assist you in your domestic violence charge. Contact us online or call our office at (248) 380-0000.