Being accused of abuse, whether it is spousal abuse, child abuse, battery, family violence, or domestic assault is very serious. The effects are far-reaching, and can affect not only you and your family, but also affect your reputation, job, or career. Being charged with family violence places a restriction on the defendant's ability to possess or buy weapons.
If a defendant has prior family violence convictions, the penalties can become even more severe. For example, an allegation of assault or family violence can be enhanced from a misdemeanor to a 3rd-degree felony, resulting in potential prison time.
Domestic violence or family violence can also be described as:
Possible Penalties for Family or Domestic Violence
1st Conviction: Up to a year in county jail, and in some instances, a fine of up to $4,000. A judge may also require community service and court-ordered counseling. If there is an allegation of choking, a first offense can be filed as a felony.
2nd Conviction: A second arrest may not be filed as a misdemeanor. Instead, it can be filed as a 3rd-degree felony. A conviction can result in up to 10 years confinement in a state penitentiary, fines that can exceed $4,000, and court-ordered counseling. After release from prison, parole is mandatory.