Bentonville Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
What is Considered Domestic Violence in Arkansas?
Domestic battery offenses are defined as causing physical injury with intention, recklessness, or through negligence or by giving the victim drugs. The charges can range from third-degree and second-degree misdemeanors to first-degree and aggravated felonies.
Domestic violence consists of various types of abusive behavior directed at family or household members or individuals such as:
- Spouses and ex-spouses
- Blood relatives
- Individuals who currently or have previously cohabited
- Individuals who have had a child together
- Individuals who are dating or who have previously dated
Note - Penalty enhancements may occur if the victim is of a certain age, disabled, pregnant, there is a lasting injury as a result of the battery, or if a weapon was involved.
Arkansas Domestic Violence Penalties
Domestic violence is a serious offense in the state of Arkansas that carries harsh penalties upon conviction. Often, the alleged victim has little say in the matter of pursuing charges against the accused. This kind of alleged offense can often be the result of false accusations, exaggeration, and misleading statements made against the accused for the other party to gain an advantage in a divorce or child custody case.
A third-degree domestic battery charge (first offense) is a class A misdemeanor which includes the following penalties:
- Up to a year of jail time
- Up to $2.5k in fines
- Subsequent offenses may result in felony charges with steeper penalties
If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic violence in or around Bentonville, you should seek qualified legal representation as soon as possible. It is critical that you have an advocate protecting your legal rights as early as possible in an investigation. At Jonathan D. Nelson, Attorney at Law you can rely on our many years of legal experience, our personalized approach to your case, and our aggressive defense strategies.
Experienced Domestic Violence Legal Counsel
You can wind up with a permanent criminal record if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense. You might also face fines, restraining orders, incarceration, and a future permanently marred by such a criminal conviction. Having Jonathan D. Nelson, Attorney at Law on your side is indispensable in your fight to seek a favorable outcome.
Felony Battery Case Dismissed
Aggravated Assault and Terroristic Threatening Charges Dismissed
Domestic Assault Third Degree Dismissed
DWI Client Found Not Guilty
Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia No Charges Filed
Domestic Battery Dismissed
DWI Not Guilty
Felony Drugs Dismissed
Possession of a Controlled Substance, Public Intoxication, and Failure to Appear Dismissed
Domestic Battery Third Degree Case Dismissed
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