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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 the additional relationship element existing between the alleged victim and the alleged suspect.

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?

While 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

Not only are there certain kinds of victims for domestic violence charges, there are also different consequences upon a conviction for this charge as opposed to a simple assault charge. A first conviction for domestic assault is punishable in the same way as a simple assault charge. Most simple assault charges are misdemeanors. However, 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. If you are found guilty of domestic assault, you are no longer able to possess any firearms. You must terminate possession within 48 hours of conviction and submit an affidavit to the court saying you have done so.
  2. You may also 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

If facing a domestic assault charge, you need to have an experienced domestic assault and domestic battery attorney on your side who can not only defend you in court but also can properly advise you of your case and possible consequences.

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

If you have 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 then 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 and we hope it may assist in understanding the evaluation of your case when speaking with a Tennessee attorney.

Contact Legal Powers today for a free consultation.

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Ben Powers specializes in criminal law in Nashville and the wider Middle Tennessee area in cases involving domestic violence, simple assault, white collar offenses, DWIs, and other criminal charges. No case is too controversial for our firm and you will get the representation you’re deserved.

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