Domestic Violence

When most people think of domestic violence, they think of spousal abuse. However, domestic violence charges can also involve family members, roommates, ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends and others who are in a domestic relationship.

If you have been charged with assault or battery against a member of your family or household, you are facing a domestic violence charge. You should contact a domestic violence lawyer or domestic assault lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights in a system that can deprive you of your freedom before you are even convicted.

At Karnes Legal Services, we understand the effect an accusation of domestic violence can have on your job and your life.

Many counties in eastern Tennessee have separate units or separate attorneys that focus on domestic violence cases. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, the court may issue a restraining or no-contact order.

As a result, you will be prevented from contacting your spouse and your children, or even going near your home or your spouse’s place of employment. You will also be prevented from owning guns and you will be ordered to turn in any guns you own.

Restraining or protection orders are intended to protect domestic violence victims from physical violence, stalking and harassment. They are important tools for protecting people. However, they are not always necessary or appropriate.

We can seek to have the order removed by showing the court that it is not needed. However, you should not attempt to contact the victim yourself, as you could be jailed and charged with an additional crime for violating the no-contact order.

Only your lawyer should attempt to negotiate with the victim. If you are convicted of domestic violence, it can affect your job, your family life and your freedom. It can also be used against you in a divorce or child custody dispute.

To speak to one of our legal professionals who is dedicated to communicating with you, is sensitive to your needs and is an effective and skilled advocate, contact the law firm of Karnes Legal Services, at 731-668-9529. Or, if you prefer, send us an e-mail using our secure online form. We accept all major credit cards.