Whether you have been accused of domestic violence or are a victim needing the legal know-how to strengthen your case, a domestic violence lawyer at SBL can help. In either case, we understand that you may be feeling scared, anxious, embarrassed, and even betrayed. Before talking to anyone about your situation, please consult with a criminal attorney.
For more detailed information about how we defend domestic violence allegations see our article:
Orders of protection are commonly associated with domestic violence. We frequently serve as an Order of protection lawyer for respondents & petitioners (one side or the other – not both parties).
The most common reason we are hired to serve as a domestic violence lawyer is for a domestic assault charge.
Another common scenario is violation of probation for domestic violence. Contact us for more information about this.
The **biggest mistake** we see people make is communicating with the alleged “victim.” It is highly encouraged to get a domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible. Regardless of what situation you are in, at least consult with a domestic lawyer before doing anything else.
The short answer is no.
The state of Tennessee is bringing the charges against you. The state of TN will more than likely move forward with or without the victims’ consent.
In TN, even if the alleged “victim” wants to drop the charges, the prosecutor’s office very often chooses to prosecute the crime. There is political pressure for them to continue prosecuting.
Why the pressure?
Many prosecutors and judges alike have lost their jobs after dismissing domestic charges against a person that later murdered the victim from the original domestic charge.
All hope is not lost.
It is undoubtedly a factor in your favor when the “victim” does want to drop the charges. The difficulty is deciding exactly how to take advantage if this factor. While the defendant should never talk to the victim, the same rules do not apply to their domestic violence lawyer.
The quicker you get someone fighting for your side, the better your chances of getting out of it are. So start taking control of your fate and call SBL to talk to your domestic violence lawyer today.
No. The use of “domestic violence lawyer” is simply a term of art to discuss a criminal attorney defending charges related to domestic violence. The general term is criminal attorney or criminal defense attorney. Attorney is also interchangeable with lawyer. – “The more you know”
Absolutely! In fact, you need a really good one.
Consequences for a domestic-related conviction are severe.
Any resolution that does not remove the charge from your record can cause economic and social problems for most people. For the majority of people, the charge does not have to affect the rest of your life.
The reality is, there is an excellent chance your life can continue as if this never happened. This is not a guarantee of anything as each case is different.
Domestic violence is not a criminal charge. It is merely a label the courts put on certain “domestic” crimes. The “domestic violence” label tends to enhance the penalties one faces. It also tends to enhance the prosecutor’s efforts to convict you.
Having an experienced domestic violence lawyer who knows all the ins-and-outs of how to defend criminal charges with the domestic violence label is highly recommended. Retaining a domestic violence lawyer who knows all the ins-and-outs of how to defend criminal charges with the domestic violence label the best move.
The types of cases commonly affected by the domestic label are domestic assault, DCS investigations, harassment, stalking, child endangerment, child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, orders of protection, and violations of orders of protection.
Cynthia Sherwood has been a domestic violence lawyer in Nashville for almost 20 years. She is very experienced with all of these types of cases having represented clients with virtually every combination of two or more of these charges.
SBL has significant experience handling charges with the “domestic violence” label. Cynthia Sherwood, SBL’s founding attorney, was also the Chair of the Domestic Violence Project for several years. Personally, she has over eighteen years of experience defending people charged with crimes related to domestic violence. For the past eighteen years, SBL has represented some of the most complex cases from both the defendant’s side and the victim’s side. Very few law firms have the same level of nuanced understanding. SBL is the choice for defending domestic violence charges in Middle TN.
There are a multitude of ways to avoid a domestic violence conviction in Tennessee:
If you are convicted or enter into a plea of guilty to a domestic violence-related crime, you face several potentially severe collateral consequences:
At SBL, we provide defense services in both felony and misdemeanor cases, and we have built a reputation as ethical lawyers who are dedicated fighters on behalf of our clients.
At SBL, the initial one-hour consultation is always private and always free of charge. We make jail visits when necessary, and flexible appointment scheduling is available. Call us today and let us do the fighting for you! (615) 873-5670
Disclaimer: None of the content on this site should be considered as legal advice or counsel. For professional legal advice on any legal matter, contact Sherwood Boutique Litigation.