Domestic assault is treated in the same serious manner as “regular” assault by the courts, but often more so depending on the relationship of the people involved. Indeed, domestic assault doesn’t always mean a fight between a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend; domestic assault can be between two family members, roommates, exes, or between two people who have a child together but do not currently live together or never have lived together. A lot of everyday social relationships can fall under the umbrella of domestic assault.
In Missouri, first- and second-offense domestic assault in the third degree is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail. A third offense domestic assault charge is automatically brought as a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
As with non-domestic assault charges, there are several defenses that are often raised by experienced attorneys which can mean the difference between jail time, high fines and a permanent black mark on your record versus reduced charges or even outright dismissals. Because of this, it is very important to find a quality defense attorney who can navigate the tricky waters of domestic assault charges. We have handled dozens of domestic assault cases from run-of-the-mill arguments to serious altercations involving major injuries, and in every case, we have fought vigorously for our clients from the first free consultation. With so much at stake in a case of this nature, is important to contact us today if you are facing a domestic assault charge.