Knowledgeable Domestic Violence Defense Counsel

Life's pressures sometimes boil over in families and manifest themselves in ways that result in an unintended consequence, such as being arrested in connection with allegations of domestic abuse, or domestic violence between spouses and/or family members. Under Ohio criminal law, domestic violence in the Cleveland area can be between a husband and wife, significant others and family members, including parents and children.

If a household member threatens, physically hurts or attempts to hurt another household member, the local police department is often called. If you or a loved one is charged with a domestic violence offense, a court may issue a domestic violence criminal or civil protection order that remains in effect until the case is over, meaning the defendant cannot go home nor have contact with his or her family.

Contact attorney Michael C. Hennenberg today to discuss your domestic violence case.

A Comprehensive, Caring and Personalized Team Defense

Since 1974, Michael C. Hennenberg has aggressively defended people charged with family violence offenses by working with a personalized defense team that may consist of many types of experts, including private investigators, counselors, polygraphists and/or mental health professionals. A complaint alleging domestic violence may be a lie based on the complainant's objective to retaliate and harm the defendant. In such a case, Mr. Hennenberg will direct the fact-finding investigation, which often involves assigning a private investigator to conduct witness interviews and collect evidence to determine the provability of the criminal complaint, and recommend a strategy while preparing for trial.

In other situations, a complaint alleging domestic violence may be based in truth and may have arisen from pressures that do not justify violence, but explain how the outburst came about. Mr. Hennenberg reviews the facts with the client and determines a defense strategy. Often, a mental health professional, counselor or other professional may be of assistance in helping the client and/or the client's family identify possible underlying personal and emotional issues and help them understand the triggers and progression of anger that develops in an effort to create a healthier and safer family life.

Types of Domestic Violence in Ohio

Domestic violence is essentially a threat, attempt or actual assault on a household or family member. In Ohio, there are three scenarios in which prosecutors can charge domestic violence in municipal and/or common pleas courts:

• (1) By threat of force, knowingly causing a family or household member to believe they will suffer imminent physical harm

• (2) Recklessly causing physical harm to a family or household member

• (3) Knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family or household member

Domestic violence is treated very seriously by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas as well as the Cleveland and suburban municipal courts. If a person has a domestic violence conviction, a second domestic violence incident can be prosecuted as a felony, which can result in a sentence of up to five years.

"In Ohio, police tend to follow what is known as a 'zero tolerance policy' when it comes to domestic violence allegations. This means that when the police are called to the scene of an alleged domestic incident, it is policy to arrest the alleged offender, usually the man, no matter the underlying circumstances."

Michael C. Hennenberg
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Attorney

Contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer Now

Contact attorney Michael C. Hennenberg, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, to schedule a consultation with an experienced, tough and caring Ohio criminal defense attorney.