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Committed Ohio Lawyer Defends Individuals Accused of Domestic Violence

Caring criminal defense attorney represents Westerville clients

Accusations of domestic violence can be life-altering, resulting in serious criminal penalties and isolation from loved ones. I provide reputable legal representation to people in the Westerville area and throughout Ohio as they face these serious criminal charges. At Gloria L. Smith, Attorney & Counselor at Law LLC, I handle domestic violence cases with care and professionalism. As a client-focused advocate, I will work to ensure that your rights are respected and that you are afforded the protections owed to you under the law. In search of the best possible outcome for your case, I will examine police reports and may also conduct independent investigations into the circumstances surrounding your arrest.

Knowledgeable Ohio counselor opposes criminal prosecutors

Domestic violence charges may be brought for an act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the accused had an intimate relationship. This means that spouses, domestic partners, parents, stepparents, roommates or anyone living in the same household may be accused of domestic violence crimes.

The following acts can be considered domestic violence:

  • Actual or threatened physical harm
  • Criminal harassment, such as threatening letters or phone calls
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking or biting
  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Statutory rape

I will make every effort to defend you against these criminal charges. When it may help you and your family to avoid more pain, I will advocate for leniency as I negotiate a plea deal if an acquittal or dismissal is not possible.

Dedicated advocate strives to preserve your rights and dignity

I understand how overwhelming it is to have charges filed against you. With your best interests in mind, I can guide you through the steps you should take to protect yourself and keep your situation from getting worse. My strategy is aimed to help you avoid the most serious consequences that can follow a domestic violence charge, which may include:

  • Prison sentence
  • Permanent restraining order
  • Inability to return to your house
  • Inability to see your children
  • Difficulty finding or keeping a job
  • Difficulty finding or keeping an apartment
  • Mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program
  • Inability to possess firearms
  • If an immigrant, loss of immigrant privileges

If you have received a civil domestic violence order (sometimes known as a protective order, restraining order or injunction), I can help you contest it in court. Though it may be devastating to stay away from your loved ones or favorite places, it is crucial that you follow all aspects of the order until a judge allows you to do otherwise. I will be with you at each step of your case, offering the advice and advocacy you deserve.

Contact a compassionate Ohio criminal defense lawyer for domestic violence representation

At Gloria L. Smith, Attorney & Counselor at Law LLC in Westerville, I stand prepared to take on even the most challenging cases involving accusations of domestic violence. Call 614-392-8222 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.