Domestic violence is a serious criminal offense in the state of Ohio, but there are many other offenses that are closely related to this crime. While domestic violence typically brings to mind offenses such as simple assault or battery, there are many related offenses that citizens are accused of.
Offenses related to domestic violence typically carry extremely negative stigmas. If convicted of a crime such as domestic violence or any one of its many related offenses, individuals will typically face penalties including hefty fines and long periods of jail time. However, even an accusation of domestic violence can cause a person’s life to be forever changed. Even though people are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the court of public opinion works very differently. It is not uncommon for individuals to be shunned by their family, friends, or employers after being accused or charged with offenses related to domestic violence.
Domestic violence and other closely related offenses must be taken seriously. If you have been accused or charged with a crime related to domestic violence, finding a good criminal defense lawyer is a necessity. Make sure you’re able to protect yourself and fight for your rights by hiring Sabol Mallory LLC. Our law firm specializes in criminal defense, and with a proven track record of helping our clients reach favorable outcomes in a court of law, we’re confident in our ability to help you. Serving Columbus, Reynoldsburg, Bexley, and other cities of Franklin County, you can count on us to be there when you need us the most. Call us today at 614-300-5088 or contact us online.
● Aggravated Trespass
● Sexual Battery
● Resources for Domestic Violence Offense and Related Offenses in Columbus, Ohio
Aggravated trespass is a related offense that does not involve actual physical harm. This crime takes place when an individual attempts to cause physical harm, threatens violence, causes an individual to believe that physical harm will imminently take place, or enters the residence/premises of another person with the intent of committing a misdemeanor. If these actions take place, individuals can expect to be charged with aggravated trespass, a first-degree misdemeanor that carries penalties such as fines up to $1,000 and/or 6 months of time behind bars.
Assault is a crime that takes place when an individual purposely or recklessly causes (or attempts to cause) physical damage to another person or their unborn child. Simple assault is typically classified as a first-degree misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 as well as potential imprisonment not to exceed six months.
While simple assault is a misdemeanor, Aggravated Assault charges are classified as a 4th-degree felony charge. Aggravated assault occurs when an individual causes (or attempts to cause) physical violence to another person while using a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance. If convicted of this crime, individuals can expect to face fines up to $5,000 as well as a maximum of 18 months behind bars.
Rape is a serious charge that carries serious penalties. According to ORC 2907.02, no person shall engage in sexual conduct with another who is not the spouse of the offender or who is the spouse of the offender but is living separate and apart from the offender, when any of the following apply:
● The offender impairs the other person’s judgment by administering a drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance
● The other person is under the age of thirteen years old
● The other person’s ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired due to mental and/or physical conditions, or due to advanced age.
Ohio Revised Code states that rape is a crime that is classified as a first-degree felony.
According to the Ohio Revised Code section 2907.03, sexual battery takes place when an individual has sexual conduct with another individual when the alleged perpetrator:
● Knowingly coercing the other person to submit in a way that would prevent resistance
● Engages in sexual conduct while being aware of the other party’s inability to control their own conduct due to impairment
● Performs sexual acts while the other person is unaware of the acts being committed
Sexual battery also occurs when the offender is the victim’s natural or adoptive parent, stepparent, guardian, or custodian of the other person. In addition to this, individuals can also be charged with this crime is they are a teacher, administrator, coach, or occupying another role of authority while working in a school and/or institution of higher learning.
Mental health professionals can face sexual battery charges if they induce a client/patient to submit to sexual acts by falsely representing to the client that sexual conduct is a necessary aspect of mental health treatment. Employees of detention facilities can be charged if the other party is confined in a detention facility the offender is employed at.
Sexual battery is typically classified as a 3rd-degree felony and is punishable by a five-year jail sentence (not to exceed five years) and a fine amount of up to $10,000.
LSS Network of Hope - LSS Choices is a network that provides victims of domestic violence with shelter and support. This link takes you to their official website, where you can learn more about their organization.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network - ODVN is an organization committed to ending violence against women and children. Their purpose is to support and strengthen Ohio’s response to domestic violence crimes by promoting public awareness and social change. Visit this link to learn more about their organization and the many resources they have in place for domestic violence survivors.
Building a defense against domestic violence and its related offenses can be extremely confusing and complex for the average citizen. Because of the many Ohio codes and pieces of legislation put in place, these types of criminal charges require the attention of a skilled defense attorney in Columbus, Ohio.
If you are trying to defend yourself against accusations and charges for domestic violence or a related offense, Sabol Mallory LLC can help. We defend the accused, and we’re always ready to build a strong defense for any incoming client. Serving Franklin County, Delaware County, Pickard County, Licking County, Fairfield County, and other counties surrounding Columbus, Ohio, we are ready to help you fight back against your charges and accusations. For more information on our law firm, call us today at 614-300-5088 or contact us via our online form.