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Knox County Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

Campbell County Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Lawyer in Knoxville, Tennessee Defends Those Charged with Domestic Assault or Abuse

If you have been accused of a violent or intimidating act against your spouse, child, or another member of your family or household, you could be facing serious criminal penalties. Domestic violence and other kinds of abuse can be devastating to family relationships and stability. Overstated, exaggerated, or outright false accusations of domestic violence, however, can be equally damaging. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our compassionate attorney William Evans helps families throughout East Tennessee in dealing with domestic violence allegations.

Protecting Your Rights in Blount County and Anderson County

Our firm realizes that it is embarrassing, frightening, and stressful to be accused of committing acts of domestic violence. Because domestic abuse is a very real problem, the state of Tennessee takes allegations of domestic violence seriously, and the potential penalties associated with a conviction are severe.

It is important to seek the help of an attorney as soon as you learn that you are being investigated for domestic violence. You will almost certainly want to explain your version of events, and you will get that chance. Doing so without a lawyer present, however, could make building your defense much more difficult. If you have been arrested on suspicion of domestic assault or any other criminal offense, contact The Law Office of William F. Evans before you answer any questions.

Understanding Charges of Domestic Violence in Tennessee

If you are convicted of any domestic violence charge or even an amended charge based on an act of domestic violence, you may lose your right to own a firearm forever.

These offenses could fall under the category of domestic violence depending on the relationship between the alleged perpetrator and the alleged victim. The Tennessee domestic violence law defines “domestic abuse victims” as individuals who are:

  • Current or former spouses
  • Current or former members of the same household
  • Current or former romantic partners, including dating partners
  • Related by blood, adoption, or marriage

The law also indicates that the adult or minor children of individuals in such relationships could be victims of domestic violence as well.

Complex Domestic Violence Situations

When the police respond to a report of domestic violence, it is very likely that someone will be arrested. In fact, Tennessee law provides that arresting the primary aggressor is “the preferred response of the officer.” Unfortunately, it is not always the actual primary aggressor who gets arrested. “Zero-tolerance” policies in place in many jurisdictions often mean that the police will make arrests first and let the court sort out the details later.

Even if no charges are ever filed, an allegation or arrest can create the distinct impression that the accused is truly an abuser. If charges are filed, the police, prosecutors, and the public at large tend to assume that the accused is probably guilty—an assumption that could compromise the suspect’s right to due process. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we believe in the idea that every criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty, including defendants facing charges of domestic violence. We will treat you with dignity and respect, and we will work hard to protect your personal and professional reputation.

Call 423-449-7980 Today

To learn more about our firm and how we can help you deal with charges of domestic violence, contact our office. Call 423-449-7980 to schedule a free, confidential consultation today. Our firm has offices in Knoxville and Jacksboro, Tennessee, and we serve clients in Knox County, Anderson County, Scott County, Claiborne County, Union County, Campbell County, Blount County, and the surrounding areas.

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