Domestic Violence

Criminal domestic violence charges are often in the form of a domestic violence protection order (“DVPO”) violation or assault on a female. A DVPO is a civil order that prevents contact between a plaintiff and defendant. Generally, a DVPO also includes restrictions on the defendant such as prohibiting possessing, receiving, or purchasing firearms. A violation of the terms of a DVPO can be either a misdemeanor or a felony.

Additionally, other criminal charges such as assault on a female or harassment may affect the outcome of a pending civil domestic violence case.  A first offense of assault on a female has the legal possibility of jail time. These cases are extremely serious, but with good legal representation, these consequences can be minimized and sometimes eliminated.

Contact Smith Horton to set up a free criminal consultation.


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