Nashville Domestic Violence Lawyer
You have been charged with domestic assault or a related offense such as aggravated domestic assault, stalking or violation of an order of protection. These charges can have serious consequences. For example, people convicted of domestic assault or related offenses may never own or possess a firearm. This is a lifetime prohibition. Further, if a person possesses a firearm after being convicted of domestic assault or a related offense, that person is committing a federal offense.
For this reason, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who is willing to fight for you.
If you have been arrested and charged with a domestic assault, you may also be subject to an order of protection. When police officers respond to a Nashville domestic violence call, they advise the alleged victim that he or she may wish to obtain an order of protection against the defendant.
What is an order of protection? It is a court order that prohibits one person from contacting another person by any means, including personal contact, telephone contact, contact via electronic communications, and contact through third persons.Who May Obtain an Order of Protection
Any person who has been a victim of domestic violence or assault and falls within one of the following categories:
- A husband or wife or former husband or wife of the defendant/respondent
- A boyfriend or girlfriend or former boyfriend or girlfriend of the defendant/respondent
- Any person who is related to the defendant/respondent by blood, marriage or adoption
- Any person who has been involved in a sexual relationship or dating relationship with the defendant/respondent
- Any roommate or former roommate of the defendant/respondent
An order of protection may have serious consequences. If you are the subject of an order of protection, you may be prohibited from returning to your home. You may be prohibited from seeing your children. You may be prohibited from speaking with the mother or father of your children. You may be prohibited from speaking with your husband or wife about your finances.
In addition, if you are the subject of an order of protection, you are vulnerable. If the alleged victim calls police and reports that you contacted him or her or even that you drove past his or her house, you may be arrested and charged with violating an order of protection. This is a class A misdemeanor punishable by a sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.
You must act quickly! If you are subject to an order of protection, the case will be set for hearing within 15 days. At that hearing, a judge will determine whether you committed an act of domestic violence. If the judge determines that you committed such an act, the order of protection will be extended for one year.
For all these reasons, it is important that you have an advocate fighting for you.
Attorney Bernie McEvoy represents persons charged with domestic violence in Nashville, TN. He knows that false allegations of domestic assault occur, and that they occur for many reasons. He has the experience to try these cases in front of juries.
Attorney Bernie McEvoy represents people charged with the following domestic violence offenses:
- Domestic assault representation
- Aggravated domestic assault
- Interference with a 911 call
- Violation of an order of protection
- Criminal contempt (violation of a temporary order of protection)
Call Attorney McEvoy today at (615) 255-9595 or complete the free consultation request form.