Sunday, November 15, 2009

Nashville Domestic Violence Lawyer’s

Most people believe that domestic violence involves an altercation between husbands and wives. However, under Tennessee law, Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-111, domestic assault is much more than that.

Domestic assault in Nashville follows most of the same guidelines as general assault, found in Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-101. General assault can be broken down into three separate actions: (1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical injury to another; (2) intentionally or knowingly causing another to be fearful of physical injury; and (3) intentionally or knowingly causing contact with another that would be considered extremely offensive or provocative.

Domestic assault involves all of these same criteria. The difference between general assault and domestic assault is that under domestic assault the individuals involved have specific relationships to one another. Domestic assault can be between a number of different groups, including: husbands and wives, former spouses, persons who live together, persons who are dating, sexual partners, and blood relatives. If an act that would be classified as assault occurs between individuals with one of these relationships, that offense can then be classified as domestic assault.

If you’ve been charged with Domestic Assault or Aggravated Domestic Assault, contact us at Barnette Law Offices, LLC or at 615-585-2245.


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