Domestic violence is considered an extremely serious matter in the state of Indiana. These types of charges may also be referred to as domestic battery or domestic assault. An incident is considered domestic in nature when the parties involved are either family members or household members. If such a relationship does not exist, such as when parties are just dating, then charges will be considered regular battery or assault instead of domestic.
Indiana Code, Section 35-42-2-1.3 states that domestic battery occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally touches a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner, or in a rude, insolent, or angry manner places any bodily fluid or waste on a family or household member. These acts may be prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanor all the way up to a Level 2 felony depending on the circumstances. The range of punishments can run the gamut from one year imprisonment to up to 30 years imprisonment plus stiff fines and restitution.
Other types of domestic charges can include criminal stalking, criminal confinement, kidnapping, and rape. All of these are similar in that they are carried out with the purpose of terrorizing, intimidating, and instilling fear in a victim. As stated above, these are considered very serious charges and carry very serious consequences.
Do not attempt to navigate these types of charges on your own. Skilled, knowledgeable legal counsel can be a vital asset to receiving a lesser sentence than a Defendant can usually negotiate on their own.