Defending domestic violence charges
Even the inference of domestic violence makes people shudder. While no one feels that domestic violence is the answer to problems, false accusations of domestic violence can ruin your life and family. Thomas R. Koustmer is a Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer who defends domestic violence cases for clients throughout Ohio. Mr. Koustmer has provided skilled legal services to domestic violence defendants for decades.
How a domestic violence charge can affect you
In Ohio, a person showing an immediate and present danger to the court may request and receive an emergency Civil Protection Order (CPO). An emergency CPO could result in being forced to:
- Vacate your home
- Refrain from seeing/speaking to your children
- Refrain from seeing/speaking to your spouse
A CPO may also result in issuing other orders that regulate your family life, including:
- Awarding your spouse temporary custody of your children
- Ordering you to pay temporary spousal support and/or child support
- Awarding possession of motor vehicles and/or use and possession of other personal property to your spouse
- Issuing stay away orders from your children’s school
- Issuing stay away orders from your business
- Imposing any other conditions the judge deems equitable and fair
Further, Ohio law provides no statute of limitations for CPO issuance related to domestic violence matters. And the court is required to treat domestic violence CPO petitions as a high priority by Ohio law.
If you are charged with domestic violence and/or a CPO is issued against you, using an experienced criminal defense law firm in Cincinnati is vital for your defense. Domestic violence is a hot button issue in today’s society, and the mere accusation can cause people to turn away from you, assuming your guilt. An experienced Cincinnati criminal defense attorney can protect your rights and interests at the full hearing which determines in many ways the fate of your family.
Depending on the circumstances, an attorney may be able to show the court:
- You have no history of violence
- Threats were vague or ill-defined
- Your spouse was exaggerating/lying
- Your spouse had other motives for accusing you
Consult a domestic violence defense attorney in Cincinnati, OH
Regardless of the circumstances, criminal defense attorneys can stand up for you and protect your rights in court. Call 513-621-3616 or contact Thomas R. Koustmer online today to schedule a consultation.