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Implications for a Memphis Domestic Assault Conviction

Unfortunately, domestic assault cases in Memphis and in the United States are a constant. Unlike other common criminal acts, there is no time during the year when we see a decrease in arrests for domestic assault. While some of those accused of this crime are wrongfully charged, many are guilty and are therefore handed down a legal punishment. An admission of guilt or guilty verdict to the charge of domestic assault in Memphis, TN carries the following punishments and implications:

  • In Memphis, TN the crime of domestic assault is an A misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
  • The felony charge of aggravated assault, depending on the facts, can be considered either a Class C or D felony.  These felonies can carry between 2-15 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • A guilty plea or finding of guilt to one of these domestic assault charges will either involve jail time, probation, or a combination of both.
  • If placed on probation for domestic assault in Memphis, TN, the defendant will most certainly have to attend some type of domestic violence prevention classes for an extended period.
  • Other common conditions of probation for domestic cases are anger management classes, alcohol/drug treatment, individual counseling, or community service.
  • A guilty plea to a domestic assault will also permanently forfeit his/her rights to own a gun.
  • A domestic assault charge will forever remain on the defendant’s public record unless he/she was placed on judicial diversion.
  • Judicial diversion is a probationary period for first-time offenders in Memphis, TN who will be sentenced to probation but can petition the court to dismiss the charges should he/she remain out of trouble and adhere to all probationary conditions during the allotted amount of time. 

The Chiozza Law Firm is a family-run firm that has 40+ years of criminal defense courtroom experience in Memphis,TN, assisting Mid-South residents with all types of felony and misdemeanor charges. On a daily basis, we handle cases involving Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Theft of Property, Driving While License Suspended, Passing Bad Checksdrug-related offenses (including possession charges), Assault, and many other crimes. If we are successful in obtaining a dismissal, we also handle the expungement process that will clear all charges from your public record.  

Hiring a Memphis criminal defense attorney does not have to be complicated. Simply call 1(901)526-9494 to speak with a member of our criminal defense team and we can discuss a reasonable fee arrangement and offer insight into your legal matter. You may also email criminal defense attorney Brian Chiozza, at brian@chiozzalaw.com, or fill out an online form here.


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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 8:21 AM
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