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Domestic Violence

Understanding and defending against domestic violence charges in Indiana is crucial. Indiana law defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior within families, households, or dating relationships. This includes physical violence, threats, intimidation, harassment, or stalking.Charges stemming from domestic violence incidents may include domestic battery, strangulation, or intimidation, with penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment.

B. Hicks Law is dedicated to safeguarding your rights, providing expert representation, and pursuing the best possible outcome for your domestic violence case. The firm understands the nuances of Indiana law and is here to protect your interests. Your best course of action when facing criminal charges is to consult an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Indiana law defines domestic violence as any act committed against a family or household member that results in physical harm, bodily injury, or the threat of violence including, but not limited to:
Domestic Battery: Intentionally causing bodily injury or offensive physical contact to a family or household member. Strangulation: Impeding the normal breathing or blood circulation of a family or household member by applying pressure to their neck or throat.  Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened, directed at a family or household member. Invasion of Privacy: Committing certain actions, like recording intimate images without consent, with the intent to harm, harass, or intimidate a family or household member.

What constitutes domestic violence under the law in Indiana?

To protect victims from further harm, Indiana allows victims of domestic violence to obtain protective orders, commonly known as restraining orders. These orders restrict the alleged abuser from contacting or being within a certain distance of the victim and may also include other protective provisions.

What protective orders or restraining orders can be issued in domestic violence cases in Indiana?

If a false domestic violence accusation is made in Indiana, it can have serious legal consequences. False reporting of domestic violence is a crime, and individuals found guilty of making false accusations can face criminal charges, including filing a false police report or perjury. Additionally, making false accusations can impact the credibility of the accuser if the case goes to court, potentially affecting the overall outcome of the case.

What happens if a false domestic violence accusation is made in Indiana?

In Indiana, domestic violence allegations can significantly impact child custody and visitation decisions. The court's primary concern is the safety and well-being of the child. If credible evidence of domestic violence is presented, the court may consider it when determining custody and visitation arrangements. In some cases, the court may order supervised visitation, limit contact with the alleged abuser, or impose other safeguards to protect the child.

How are child custody and visitation rights affected by domestic violence allegations in Indiana?

Family or household members include spouses, ex-spouses, individuals who have a child in common, and those currently or previously living together.

Are there specific relationships that qualify as domestic violence situations in Indiana?

In Indiana, once criminal charges have been filed, it is ultimately up to the prosecutor to decide whether or not to proceed with the case, regardless of the victim's wishes. While a victim's cooperation or desire to drop charges can influence the outcome, the final decision rests with the prosecution. This is because domestic violence cases involve not only the victim's rights but also the state's interest in preventing and addressing domestic violence.

Can a victim drop charges in a domestic violence case in Indiana?

A domestic violence conviction in Indiana can lead to various consequences, including jail or prison time, fines, probation, mandatory counseling or anger management programs, restraining orders, and a criminal record. Additionally, a domestic violence conviction can impact employment opportunities, housing options, and the right to possess firearms.

What are the potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction in Indiana?

Yes, therapy or counseling can play a role in domestic violence cases in Indiana. Both the accused and the victim may be ordered by the court to attend counseling or therapy sessions. For the accused, completing counseling programs can be seen as a mitigating factor during sentencing. For the victim, counseling can provide support and help address the emotional and psychological impact of the abuse.

Can therapy or counseling play a role in domestic violence cases in Indiana?

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These legal professionals are like expert guides through the maze of the legal system. They're well-versed in the intricacies of criminal law, making them your best bet for understanding your situation fully. They can assess the evidence against you, challenge the prosecution's case, and uncover potential defenses that might lead to reduced charges or even your acquittal.

But it's not just about legal knowledge. Your attorney will be your unwavering advocate, ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the process. From your right to remain silent to your right to a fair trial, they'll make sure you're treated fairly and that law enforcement follows the rules.

What's more, these legal professionals can negotiate on your behalf with prosecutors, striving for plea bargains or lighter sentences when it makes sense. Their familiarity with local court procedures and their relationships within the legal system can be the game-changer that tips the scales in your favor.

In essence, reaching out to a Criminal Defense Attorney is a smart move. It's not just about getting advice; it's about having a trusted partner who can help you navigate the legal waters, protect your rights, and work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

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