The offense of Domestic Violence is committed by assaulting/battering another individual who has a domestic relationship with the defendant as his/her spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, son/daughter, significant other, or other relative. It is essentially an Assault & Battery offense committed between loved ones.
The crime of Domestic Violence is a misdemeanor when committed as a 1st and 2nd offense and is punishable by up to 93 days and 1 year in jail, respectively. A 3rd offense conviction for Domestic Violence is a felony punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment. Whether a misdemeanor or felony, the crime of Domestic Violence is characterized as a “crime of violence and normally results in the loss of the right to carry or use a firearm.
A person convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Violence will generally be placed on probation for 1-2 years and be ordered to attend anger management courses, jail work program, counseling, therapy, community service, and fines/costs. A person convicted of felony Domestic Violence can get a minimum of 30-60 days in jail, along with supervised probation and will likely be ordered to attend anger management courses, jail work program, counseling, therapy, community service, and fines/costs.