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Q: Me and my boyfriend got into it and things got out of hand and I charged him with domestic assault

It was all a misunderstanding and I wanna drop the charges how do I go about with that I wanna get him help I really love him

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 5, 2019

It's difficult to have a domestic violence matter simply dropped. For a whole host of public interest reasons, most Prosecutors want these cases dealt with in court and in front of a Judge. But, if you had lied or there was a misunderstanding there may be grounds upon which to have the matter... Read more »

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Q: I have a former partner who contacts friends and family members and spreads lies and falsehoods to create problems
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 3, 2019

Sounds like a petty person that needs time to move on. You can contact the police, they might call him and ask him to stop, but there is not much they can do. You can get a restraining order to prevent him from contact you, but the problem seems that they are contacting others. You can engage a... Read more »

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Q: How can I get charges dismissed against my fiancé in a domestic case I have black outs and ptsd and feel I made a error

Also trying to get an order of protection dismissed.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 29, 2019

This actually happens quite often. You can tell the District Attorney that you made a mistake and will not be prosecuting as the victim/witness.

If you are not subpoenaed to court, you do not have to show. The District Attorney will ultimately make attempts to subpoena you.

If you...
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Q: Me and my fiance where involved in a domestic violence about 5 months ago and we got caught together twice

What will happen to her and 1 of the time she got arrested she was out of County and they let her go but this time she caught another charge in County I just don't know what to expect could you tell me an answer

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 18, 2019

Your question does not make sense, but I can tell at least your Girlfriend needs to hire a competent attorney immediately. Domestic Assault is commensurate with a Felony, and is worse than some. It will be permanent. She needs to find a way to get it Dismissed or Diverted, Dismissed and Expunged.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: What does s notice to seek enhanced punishment or impeachment mean?
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 6, 2019

Generally, in my experience, the District Attorneys file notices to seek enhanced punishment when you refuse their plea bargain and decide to fight.

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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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Q: What can you do when someone makes false domestic violence reports to police?

The person reporting is under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Domestic related. False accusations of physical violent contact when it was actually the accuser. Accuser is the abuser but, the innocent person may have a previos criminal history mostly non-related to those accusations.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 4, 2019

That is a difficult issue; however, it is one that occurs regularly. The accuser does something physical to you then calls the police and states that you have done something to him or her. You may get arrested. It is important to document the details of the situations and have witnesses and... Read more »

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Q: Codes and regulations writ of possession of personal.property in Tn
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 25, 2019

I am not sure what you are asking about. But the simplest Cause of Action to obtain your personal, non-real, property, is to file an Action to Recover Personal Property in General Sessions Court. This can often be filed without an attorney, but you must be prepared for any defenses or title... Read more »

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Q: How much does a lawyer cost for aggravated domestic assault charges?

First time offense

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 23, 2019

Most attorneys will charge a flat fee for the Case which will be several thousand dollars. Some, like myself, will charge a decent fee through General Sessions Court, such as $1,500 to $3,000. If you are indicted then the fee goes up quickly because at Circuit Court alot of research and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: What can/should I do if my wife took our two children and left the state, and won't let me have any contact. Options?

On Dec 25, 2018 my wife left our home to visit family in KY with a verbal and mutual agreement to return home on the 27th. Long story short sometime on the morning of the 27th she inexplicably decided not to do this and filed for an order of protection alleging violence and abuse. This order was... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jan 17, 2019

File for divorce, ask for an emergency hearing, get her served with the papers and go to court. you need to establish jurisdiction here in your home county. Unfortunately, in my opinion, there aren't any other "options"-- for sure, don't try to take matters into your own hands or "steal" the... Read more »

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Q: My gf has a top on me but harassing me at work.after owner ban from establishment already. But has now snuck in went

Behind the bar and grabed an employee by her arm and threatened here then retreating out back door.so owner had police go to our residence and inform her know banned from all his properties and businesses.she has already came back the same day spoke to police and was caught trying to enter through... Read more »

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Dec 29, 2018

I would suggest contacting an attorney to be with you at your order of protection hearing as it sounds like she could manipulate the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: My ex gave me our dog when we split. Now she is claiming she will have a warrant issued for theft if I don’t return him.

It was an incredibly toxic relationship and so many domestic situations happened. When we finally split she told me multiple times I had to take the dog or he would go to a shelter. So I took him. Now, because we aren’t getting back together, she is using him against me. He is in her name, she... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 21, 2018

It is very possible, and you might even get convicted. There is no Title to a Dog, but it is probably not worth the trouble and risk to prove ownership in Court. Bond, Attorneys, Court Costs and Restitution could be very expensive. Many Judges and DA's will feel very sorry for her.... Read more »

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Q: what if he cant be found?

I need an extended order of protection

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Dec 9, 2018

It will not go into effect until that person is served.

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Q: I am the respondent to an order of protection hearing coming up in Tennessee. Are questions allowed between the parties?

Will I be allowed to ask the petitioner questions during the hearing? Will I be allowed to submit evidence during this hearing?

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Dec 3, 2018

The answer to all 3 questions is YES. The party seeking the order of protection must prove that there is a real risk/potential for violence or that violence has already occurred and that they are therefore in fear for their safety. Both sides get to testify and present evidence. Both sides are... Read more »

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Q: I was charged with a domestic charge and pleads out to probation then found out she was charged with filling false repor

Can my charge be overturned

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 26, 2018

You must immediately hire a lawyer and file a Motion to Set Aside your Plea. It probably will not be granted, but you might get some type of Judicial Discretion to save yourself. Diversion is not an option, and no competent attorney will plead his Client guilty to such a charge.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: My mom's boyfriend threatens to physically assualt me

I'm a minor, 13yrs of age

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Oct 26, 2018

Tell you teacher or your principal at school about your situation at home. I assume you have already told your mother and she won't help. Your Teacher and principal can help you get to the police or authorities who can help. If you have a cell phone, try to record him making the threats without... Read more »

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Q: Would I get In trouble if i took my kids over state lines trying to run away from my abusive husband? No court papers

No papers have been filed with the court. He told me that he would kill me and dispose of my body and noone would ever find me

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Oct 24, 2018

You should report the threat to your local police. Running away won't solve the problem. Seek advice from friends and family as to how to insure your protection. Ultimately, you should consult an experienced divorce lawyer - it sounds like this relationship is over so the real solution is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: My husband was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault. I do not want to press charges. What can I do?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 5, 2018

This is a public forum and is not appropriate for all questions. Hire a competent attorney to represent your Husband and ask him. Do not be coerced into testifying to things that did not occur as DA's often attempt to get domestic victims to do. It is the State's Case, not yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: I had court this morning on a order of protection which was violated. He did not show What is contempt of court mean

We also have court again on September 4 for domestic assault and distraction of property

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 20, 2018

Well, if he did not show, then techincally, he is in contempt of court. You need to have your attorney file a Motion for Contempt to place him in jail.

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