In 2018, an annual report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation indicated that about 73,568 domestic violence offenses were reported to Tennessee law enforcement, and that females were nearly three times as likely to be victimized than males. The state of Tennessee defines domestic abuse as the abuse of a former or current intimate partner or family member. Any defendant convicted on charges of domestic violence or domestic assault may be facing lengthy jail time, hefty fines, a protection order, and other life-altering consequences.
If you're facing domestic violence charges or if you’re under investigation for domestic assault, it is imperative that you retain an aggressive and skilled Tennessee criminal defense attorney who can provide you with a strong defense strategy. At the Law Offices of Fisher Wise, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive legal guidance and strong representation to clients who have been accused of domestic violence. As your legal counsel, I will investigate every last detail of your case, outline a strong defense strategy, and fight aggressively to protect your rights throughout every phase of the legal process.
My firm, the Law Offices of Fisher Wise, proudly represents clients across Chattanooga, Red Bank, Soddy-Daisy, Bradley County, East Ridge, Rhea County, Marion County, Sequatchie County, Hamilton County, and Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
Domestic Violence Charges in Tennessee
In Tennessee, physical domestic violence is often referred to as “domestic assault.” Pursuant to Tennessee Code Section 39-13-111(b), a person commits domestic assault when he or she commits an “assault” against a domestic abuse victim.
According to Tennessee Code Section 39-13-101, a person commits assault when they:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another
- Intentionally or knowingly cause another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury
- Intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another person in a way that may be considered extremely offensive or provocative.
General Provisions of the Law
Under Tennessee Code Section 39-13-111(a), domestic abuse victims can include:
- Adults or minors who are current or former spouses
- Adults or minors who live together or who have lived together
- Adults or minors who are dating, who have dated, or who have or had a sexual relationship
- Adults or minors related by blood or adoption
- Adults or minors who are related or were formerly related by marriage
- Adult or minor children of a person in a relationship