Domestic Violence

Get Help from a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Evansville, Indiana

At Thomas Law, our Evansville domestic violence attorney is an experienced and compassionate criminal defense advocate. Jared Michel Thomas provides personalized, solutions-focused representation to clients. If you or your family member was arrested and charged with domestic violence, we are here to help. To set up a completely confidential consultation with a skilled Indiana domestic violence defense lawyer, please call our Evansville office at 812-492-1900 or send us a message directly online.

An Overview of Domestic Violence Charges in Indiana

domestic violence attorneyAccording to data provided by state authorities, domestic violence cases are among the most common criminal charges filed in Indiana. The term ‘domestic violence’ actually refers to a range of different offenses that vary in nature and severity. Here are some of the key things to know about the domestic violence laws in Indiana:

  • The Charge Requires a ‘Special Relationship’: In Indiana, the term domestic violence is distinguished from other types of criminal offenses because it requires the individuals (alleged perpetrator and alleged victim) to have a ‘special relationship. Some examples of qualifying relationships include spouses, ex-spouses, unmarried co-partners, intimate partners, children, stepchildren, immediate family members, and roommates.
  • Domestic Battery is “Rude, Insolent, or Angry” Touching: Under Indiana law (Indiana Code § 35-42-2-1.3), domestic battery occurs when there is a qualifying ‘special relationship’ and the perpetrator touches the victim in a “rude, insolent, or angry” manner without consent. To be charged as a domestic battery, there must be some type of physical injury. However, the injury does not have to be serious. Indeed, a single scratch or minor bruise is sufficient to justify a charge if committed in a rude, insolent, or angry manner. A number of different defenses can be raised against domestic battery allegations, including self-defense and defense of children.
  • Aggravating Factors Enhance Domestic Battery to a Felony: In Indiana, domestic violence is typically charged as a Class A misdemeanor offense. That is not to say it is a minor crime. Class A misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Further, there may be additional consequences. Domestic battery can also be enhanced to a felony offense if certain aggravating factors are present. Among other things, the crime will be charged as a felony if the defendant already has a prior domestic battery conviction on their record, the crime was committed on or in front of a child under the age of 16, or if the victim suffered a serious bodily injury as a result of the attack.
  • A Defendant May Face Related Charges: While domestic battery is the baseline domestic violence charge in Indiana, it is not the only possible charge. Depending on the circumstances, a defendant could face additional charges and/or more severe charges. Some of the other domestic violence offenses included in the Indiana criminal code are as follows: invasion of property, stalking, strangulation, criminal confinement and kidnapping, and sexual battery. Many of these offenses are very serious felony charges.

Domestic violence allegations are among the most complicated types of criminal cases. Often, it is an emotionally charged issue. In navigating the legal system and raising a defense, there are many different factors that must be considered. It is crucial that you consult with an experienced Evansville, IN domestic violence defense lawyer as soon as possible.

A Domestic Violence Allegation May Have Family Law Implications

One of the many things that make domestic battery/domestic violence cases complicated is that there is often a corresponding civil element. The alleged victim can seek an order of protection (protective order) for alleged family violence or domestic violence. Indiana courts have the authority to issue ‘ex-parte’ protective orders—meaning the order can be put in place without the defendant ever getting an opportunity to raise a defense. However, these protective orders are temporary. A full hearing must be held within 30 days. The defendant will have an opportunity to challenge the protective order at the hearing.

If you were accused of domestic violence, it could have major family law implications. You could even be prevented from contact with your children. You should work with an attorney who can defend you against criminal charges and protect your family law rights. Indiana domestic defense lawyer Jared Michel Thomas also has experience representing people in family law cases. If you have any questions or concerns about a domestic violence charge and your family law rights, we are here to help.

How Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer Jared Michel Thomas Can Help Protect Your Rights

Domestic violence cases should be handled with the utmost level of care, sensitivity, discretion, and professionalism. As a criminal defense lawyer with deep experience handling complex cases, Jared Michel Thomas will protect your rights and help you find the best path forward. When you call our Evansville office, you will be able to speak to an Indiana domestic violence defense attorney who will:

  • Conduct a completely confidential review of your case
  • Answer any questions you have about your rights or options
  • Investigate the incident—securing information and evidence
  • Devise a defense strategy focused on helping you get the best outcome

We are strongly committed to the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Our Indiana criminal defense team will put in the time, resources, and personal attention to understand the unique circumstances of your case and take action to protect your rights and your future.

Call Our Evansville, IN Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Today

At Thomas Law, our Indiana criminal defense lawyer has the skills and legal knowledge needed to handle the full spectrum of domestic violence cases. We are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and helping them find the best path forward for themselves and their families. Call us now at 812-492-1900 for a strictly confidential review of your charges. With a law office in Evansville, our law firm represents people throughout all of Southern Indiana, including in Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Princeton, and Boonville.

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