In Indiana, domestic violence is generally defined as violent contact between people who:
- is or was a spouse of the other person;
- is or was living as if a spouse;
- or has a child in common with the other person.
Beyond the definition, domestic battery differs from most criminal offenses in several important aspects. First, because these offenses mostly occur in a private setting, they are much easier to fabricate. For instance, in the heat of the moment, a person may make false or exaggerated claims against a person, and this can quickly escalate into a full-blown criminal case. Second, the State often files charges even if the alleged victim admits to a fabrication and does not want to follow through with the case. To be clear, domestic violence is serious problem and must be treated as such. However, on the other hand, because of the harsh consequences of a domestic violence conviction (imprisonment, job loss, loss of right to lawfully possess firearms, probation, restricted parenting time with children, substantial court costs and fines), you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Attorney Corey L. Scott, is particularly experienced in handling domestic violence cases, having spent an entire year handling domestic violence cases exclusively.
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, do not hesitate to call us at (317) 634-0101.
In Indiana, the offense of Battery occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally touches another person in a rude, insolent or angry manner. Depending on the facts of a case, this offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.