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Domestic Violence Attorney in Knoxville, TN

Aggressive Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges in Knoxville, Tennessee

Although domestic violence is not uncommon, it is taken very seriously in our state of Tennessee, with harsh penalties on conviction. If an incident of domestic violence is reported to the authorities, the Knoxville police will arrest and charge someone, whether or not the alleged victim wants to press charges.

As police are generally not present during domestic violence incidents, they frequently take the word of one person against another, along with any physical evidence of violence. Domestic violence does not only occur between husband and wife.

Why Hire Robert R. Kurtz?

Knoxville domestic violence lawyer Robert R. Kurtz, has over 18 years of law experience representing clients in criminal defense matters in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, a Martindale-Hubbell® BV Distinguished® Rating, and a track record of impressive case results. He has the knowledge, experience, and dedication to protect your rights and fight for the best results in your domestic assault case.

You can have confidence that Knoxville Domestic Violence Attorney Kurtz is an aggressive advocate. Take advantage of the free case evaluation offered by the law firm. Call 865.896.9779 today!

What Is Considered Domestic Violence in Tennessee?

In Knoxville, Tennessee domestic violence is defined as an assault against an individual who is a family member or resides in the home, including:

  • Spouse
  • Former spouse
  • Relation by blood or marriage
  • Girlfriend or boyfriend
  • Partner
  • Roommate
  • Person with whom you have children

Although we have helped many individuals facing domestic violence charges, we understand that each case is unique, and make sure to treat them as such. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today, and to learn more about what we can do to help you.

Is Domestic Violence a Misdemeanor or Felony in Tennessee?

In most situations in Tennessee, domestic violence is a class A misdemeanor offense.

Domestic violence cases typically involve charges such as domestic assault and aggravated domestic assault, stalking, kidnapping, violating a restraining order, sex crimes, and other criminal offenses.

What Are The Penalties For Domestic Violence?

Both penalties for misdemeanor and felony charges increase & decrease depending on the severity of the alleged crime and any prior criminal convictions; penalties include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Probation
  • Court-ordered rehab or treatment programs

Can The Victim Drop Charges in a Domestic Violence Case?

No. The victim cannot simply drop charges in a domestic violence case. In Tennessee, once charges have been filed, it is ultimately up to the prosecuting attorney to decide whether to proceed with the case or dismiss the charges. Even if the victim requests to drop the charges, the prosecutor can still choose to pursue the case if there is sufficient evidence or if there are concerns about the victim's safety. The victim's wishes may be taken into consideration, but they do not have sole authority to dismiss the charges.

Can a Judge Dismiss a Domestic Violence Case?

A judge can dismiss a domestic assault case if you are found not guilty. If the judge finds you guilty, they will determine what type of sentence and/or fine you will receive. The judge can do this on the same day or they can adjourn your criminal case to another day for a sentence hearing.

You can have confidence that Knoxville Domestic Violence Attorney Kurtz is an aggressive advocate. Take advantage of the free case evaluation offered by the law firm.

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