Spousal Abuse Charges

Spousal abuse charges involve assault type offenses, which require that the prosecutor show a spousal relationship and that the victim spouse was abused or assaulted. Read on to learn more about spousal abuse, the available defenses, and possible consequences of a spousal abuse conviction.

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Domestic Battery Charges

Domestic battery charges start with a basic assault or battery allegation. The charge is also called domestic violence, domestic abuse, or assault family violence. Even though very similar to a regular criminal battery allegation, domestic battery charges can result in more severe consequences.

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Is domestic violence punishable under criminal law?

Whether domestic violence is a crime depends upon the particular circumstances, as well as the laws of the state in which the act or acts occur. Often domestic violence is both a crime subject to criminal punishment and a civil wrong subject to restraint upon personal conduct and an award of a money damages.

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Felony Child Endangerment

Felony child endangerment is a child endangerment charge enhanced by aggravating circumstances. Child endangerment occurs when a person engages in conduct that places a child in immininet danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.

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Felony Child Abuse

Felony child abuse encompasses the abuse or assault of any child. When a child is negligently, recklessly, intentionally, or knowingly injured by an act or omission by any person, then that person can be charged with felony child abuse.

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Child Endangerment Charges

Child endangerment charges are brought when a person engages in conduct that places a child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment. Child endangerment is usually listed with assaultive offenses, but does not automatically require the commission of an assault or evidence of an actual injury.

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Elder Abuse

Elder abuse charges may involve not only direct physical abuse, but also neglect that results in the deterioration of the health of an elderly individual. Read on for more information about elder abuse charges.

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While domestic violence is commonly thought of as violence by men against women, in reality the definition of the crime is not so simple. The crime has different definitions from state to state, but generally encompasses any physically violent act or mental abuse visited upon a party by someone in that person's home, or by someone with whom a family or ongoing social relationship is shared. Such violence is a criminal act and one that brings a host of repercussions for any person inflicting this type of violence on a victim. For more information on the definition or consequences of domestic violence see the articles and answers to frequently asked questions in this section.