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Q: If a Respondent violates an OOP but the order is dismissed before they're arrested, can the arrest still be made?

I received an OOP from my ex based on false statements. She is now trying to get it dismissed and we have been talking a lot. Her abusive boyfriend took her phone and saw some messages, and we assume has tried to report a violation. She is still filing the dismissal. But if he DID report a... Read more »

Cynthia A. Sherwood
Cynthia A. Sherwood answered on Feb 1, 2021

If a warrant was issued or even just a report made for an alleged violation of an Order of Protection prior to the Order being dismissed, the report would not just expire. A person can be convicted of violating an Order of Protection for acts taken prior to the Order being dismissed even if that... Read more »

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Q: My parents called the police on my boyfriend and he is now charged with domestic assault

He accidentally kicked me when going out the window to leave and get away from me. Is there anyway for me to drop this charge?

Cynthia A. Sherwood
Cynthia A. Sherwood answered on Feb 1, 2021

In Tennessee, there is no way for you to drop the charge because it is the State of Tennessee that has brought the criminal charge against your boyfriend, not you. That being said, there are many things you can do to try to get the State to dismiss the charge against your boyfriend. You can... Read more »

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Q: In the state of Tn if charged with domestic assault do u have to serve a mandatory 30 days on first offence
Cynthia A. Sherwood
Cynthia A. Sherwood answered on Apr 15, 2019

No. There is no mandatory time on a domestic assault charge in Tennessee. This is a serious charge, however, with serious consequences, such as loss of the right to possess a weapon for the rest of your life in addition to the stigma of such a charge. You should hire an attorney immediately.

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