Consequences of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence may result in charges for assault & battery, and if convicted can mean imprisonment and payment of large fines.

Battery penalties can include 60 days – 1 year in prison. A defendant convicted of domestic violence as a 2nd degree felony charge can spend up to 15 years in prison. A 3rddegree felony can carry a sentence of 5 years imprisonment.

The sentencing can depend on the severity of the crime and other factors such as the use of a weapon or firearm, domestic abuse against a minor, or the use of illegal drugs during the commission of the crime.

Injunctions and Restraining Orders

Any family or household member can file for an injunction with or without the help of an attorney.

The domestic violence victim can be living in the dwelling or living elsewhere. If you have a restraining order against you then you may be unable to return to you house even if you are the owner.

Further, if you violate any terms of the injunction, you may go to prison for a term of up to 1 year for a 1st degree misdemeanor.