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Toledo Domestic Violence Lawyer

Domestic Abuse Trial Lawyers in Toledo, OH

Domestic violence is not only a serious allegation that can lead to criminal penalties but, for many individuals. Domestic violence is often a heated, ugly, unplanned situation that simply goes out of control. Often, the accusations are completely false, and baseless, and are one party’s attempt to gain an advantage over the other party.

If you or someone you know has been arrested with domestic abuse charges, we know that you cannot afford to wait. Our Toledo domestic violence lawyers are here to help you act quickly to protect your rights and your future. Contact a Toledo domestic violence defense attorney at Patituce & Associates today for a free initial consultation.

We know the challenges and how to avoid the pitfalls of domestic violence allegations. When you need a favorable outcome, get more than three decades of criminal justice experience on your side. Call us at (419) 597-5849 today.


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At Patituce & Associates, we never settle for less than excellence, for our clients or our team. That’s why our criminal defense attorneys are either former prosecutors or have significant experience in the criminal defense field before working with us.

We also know that it’s important to get started on your case. Our criminal defense law firm is here to help you act quickly to protect your rights and your future.

What Are The Penalties for Domestic Violence?

Toledo Domestic Violence LawyerDomestic violence is addressed in O.R.C. 2919.25, where it is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor. However, if it is found you have prior convictions under this statute, the new charge will be considered a felony.

A first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio can result in:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to six months in jail
  • Court costs and fees
  • Up to five years of probation after jail time

On top of the criminal penalties that are imposed, if convicted, a person will have several civil penalties. For example, they cannot be in possession of a firearm, cannot expunge the domestic violence charge, and may be subject to a civil restraining order.

Additionally, domestic violence charges can escalate depending on the number of prior convictions for domestic violence the defendant has. A second domestic violence conviction is a felony with prison being a reality.

Can Charges Be Dropped If the Accuser Wants That?

Once you have been charged, the case has been taken over by the prosecutor’s office. They take all domestic violence charges seriously and ensure that the alleged victim and their rights are protected.

It is ultimately up to the prosecuting attorney assigned to your case to determine if they will proceed with the charges against you.

What Does it Mean to be Charged with Domestic Violence?

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Toledo Domestic Violence Lawyer, Joseph C. Patituce

Because of movies and television, there is one very common misconception about domestic violence charges: many people believe that the alleged victim has decided to “charge” the accused.

This is untrue. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, it means that the state is bringing the charge against you, not any member of your household.

This misconception has led to many accused individuals reaching out to the alleged victim to reconsider the situation—even after a protective (or restraining order) has been issued.

This is not in any way advisable. If a civil protective order has been issued following your incident, comply with it. Violating a protective order will only lead to further legal complications and more potential penalties.

An experienced attorney from our firm is ready to help you navigate this matter. Contact us today for a free phone consultation.

How Long is the Statute of Limitations for Domestic Violence in Ohio?

In Ohio, the statute of limitations for domestic violence offenses classified as a felony is six years. For misdemeanor domestic violence offenses, the statute of limitations is generally two years.

Keep in mind that the statutes of limitations as provided in the Ohio Revised Code Section 2901.13 can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case.

It’s best to consult with a Toledo domestic violence lawyer for accurate and up-to-date information on the statute of limitations for a particular domestic violence offense.

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No Domestic Violence Case Is Hopeless

Depending on the nature of your case, you might worry that even the best lawyer can’t help. However, whether you face a felony or misdemeanor charge, you need to contact a skilled Toledo criminal defense attorney right away.

At Patituce & Associates, we can show you how spending just 10 minutes discussing your case with a Toledo domestic violence defense lawyer can greatly improve your situation. To take the first step, fill out an online form or give us a call now.

How Can a Domestic Violence Attorney Help Your Case?

When you have been accused of domestic violence, it’s likely that you’re facing a number of intimidating—even frightening—uncertainties. What are the potential penalties? How could a conviction affect your life in the long term? Whom should you trust to represent your interests throughout the legal process?

At Patituce & Associates, we’re well acquainted with the challenges people face as they confront criminal charges against them. Our team has decades of experience in successfully representing people accused of domestic abuse.

With three former prosecutors on staff, our experienced domestic violence lawyers have completed hundreds of trials. We know what it takes to secure the best possible outcome for our clients. We are ready to stand with you during this uncertain time. Contact our dedicated domestic violence attorneys in Toledo at (419) 597-5849 today.

Choosing Counsel That’s Right for You

Once you realize you need an attorney, you quickly notice that your choices in representation are seemingly endless. At Patituce & Associates, we believe we offer counsel and advocacy that few other firms can match.

Our dedicated attorneys have handled cases in courts all over the state of Ohio. We have set a high standard of vigilance, knowledge, and compassion when it comes to serving our clients.

We personalize our approach to every case we take on and diligently pursue favorable results for our clients and loved ones. If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence, we’re ready to make your voice heard before our justice system. Request a free phone consultation with us today to start exploring your legal options.

Contact a Toledo Domestic Violence Attorney

One of the most common mistakes we see is people thinking that they don’t need a lawyer. The second most common mistake is, people think that they can’t afford a lawyer.

Don’t make either of these critical errors. When you are facing prison, jail, and the loss of your reputation, you need a professional on your side. More importantly, you need someone who can make a difference.

See how the criminal defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates can make a difference in your case. For a free consultation, call (419) 597-5849 and find out how we can help you today.

Patituce & Associates, LLC – Toledo Office

412 14th Street
Toledo, OH 43604
P: (419) 484-4289