Nashville, Franklin, Middle Tennesee Domestic Assault Lawyer - Legal Powers

Legal Powers, PLLC, has successfully represented numerous individuals facing domestic assault charges in Franklin, Tennessee, and throughout Middle Tennessee.


Domestic assault is a simple assault but with a relationship element existing between the alleged victim and the alleged suspect. Anyone charged with this crime needs an experience domestic assault attorney.

Legal defense for a domestic assault charge brings a whole new set of challenges. The knowledgeable attorneys of Legal Powers are familiar with the nuances of domestic assault law and will be able to help you through the process of fighting these charges for a fair resolution.

Orders of protection and restraining orders are also typically involved in these cases. Legal Powers attorneys can help with orders of protection as well.

Who is protected under Tennessee’s Domestic Assault statute?

A victim of simple assault can be anybody who suffers injury or fear of injury at the will of another. Domestic assault laws are designed to protect narrower groups of people.

People who can be classified as victims of domestic assault can be adults or minors who:

  • Are current or former spouses;
  • Currently live together or have lived together;
  • Are dating or have previously dated;
  • Have had a sexual relationship;
  • Are related by adoption or blood; or
  • Are related or formerly related by marriage

Unique Consequences of a Domestic Assault Conviction in Tennessee

There are certain kinds of victims for domestic violence charges, just as there are different consequences upon a conviction for this charge as opposed to simple assault. A first conviction for domestic assault is punishable in the same way as a simple assault charge. Most simple assault charges are misdemeanors. Upon a second conviction the fees increase and you are subject to jail time anywhere between 30 days and a year. A third conviction will put the jail time minimum at 90 days and make the offense a felony.

Two other consequences of a domestic violence conviction that differ from simple assault:

  1. You’re no longer able to possess any firearms if found guilty of domestic assault. You must terminate possession within 48 hours of conviction and also submit an affidavit to the court saying you have done so. View an example of this affidavit here.
  2. You may be required to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program or a batterer’s intervention program. This is left to the discretion of the judge.

Get the Best Domestic Violence Defense Attorney with Legal Powers

You need an experienced domestic assault and domestic battery attorney on your side if facing a domestic assault charge. The right attorney can not only defend you in court but also properly advise you of your case and possible consequences.

The case is more complicated if the charges involve an order of protection, a no contact order, juveniles, or domestic battery. You need an attorney on your side who can help make sense of the situation who will represent you fairly and objectively.

Have you been been charged with a criminal offense, or are under criminal investigation, and want a strong criminal defense attorney in Franklin, Nashville, or the Middle Tennessee area? Contact us today to discuss your case and learn more about our strong legal representation.

The information in this website is not legal advice. Visiting our website does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. The information provided above is intended to be used for informational purposes only. We hope it may assist in understanding the evaluation of your case when speaking with a Tennessee attorney.

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