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Domestic Violence, Assault

Criminal defense attorneys serving Indianapolis, Greenwood and all of Indiana

Have you been charged with domestic violence or assault and battery in Indiana? Such charges can have serious consequences. If you're convicted, you could be imprisoned for several months or years and be fined thousands of dollars.

At Hocker & Associates, LLC, we are aware of the serious nature of these charges. An accusation of domestic violence can turn your world upside down. Our firm's criminal defense lawyers Matthew C. Maples and Brett E. Osborne work hard to defend clients who have been accused of serious crimes.  Maples and Osborne represent clients from all walks of life, from every age group, background and profession - and know that everyone deserves a second chance. Contact us and schedule an appointment at no cost with one of our experienced Indiana domestic violence attorneys.

We thoroughly understand the various state and federal laws governing domestic violence and assault charges in Indiana. We also have years of experience handling such cases in state and federal courts throughout Indiana.

What are the penalties for a domestic violence or assault conviction?

The phrase "assault and battery" actually refers to two separate acts, but law enforcement often file both charges against a suspect. "Assault" is the threat of violence and may not involve bodily contact resulting in injury. "Battery" refers to attacks that result in bodily harm. As a result, battery charges in Indiana often carry more severe penalties than assault charges.

The penalties for a domestic violence, assault or battery conviction in Indiana vary widely. Circumstances that could affect the penalty for your case include the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim, weapons used in the attack and if sexual contact occurred.

Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you could receive probation, fines or be sentenced to prison. You might also have a restraining order or protective order issued against you by a judge. Mandatory participation in a batterer's intervention program is also common.

Some of the penalties for convictions for various charges in Indiana in general listed below include:

  • Domestic battery - Up to 1 year in jail, up to $5,000 fine.
  • Criminal stalking and violation of protection order - 2 to 8 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine.
  • Battery of a police officer - Up to 1 year in prison, up to $5,000 fine.
  • Battery of a minor (under 14 years old) - 6 months to 3 years in jail, up to $10,000 fine.
  • Battery with a deadly weapon - 2 to 8 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine.
  • Aggravated battery - 6 to 20 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine.
  • Battery by an adult over 18 of a minor that results in death - 20 to 50 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine.

No two criminal defense cases are the same. When handling a client's case, we thoroughly investigate to make sure the arresting officer followed all the required rules and regulations. We also typically review the alleged victim's testimony to make sure that person's description matches our client's memory of the incident.

This might be your only opportunity for justice. Make sure you mount a strong defense. Contact us today. We thoroughly understand the criminal justice system in Indiana and we want to work with you. Call (317) 578-1630 and schedule a free consultation. You have rights. We can fight them.