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Domestic Assault

Under Tennessee Law, Domestic Assault, Tenn. Code Ann. 39-13-111, is defined as a person who (1) Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; (2) Intentionally or knowingly causes another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or (3) Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another and a reasonable person would regard the contact as extremely offensive or provocative.

A "domestic abuse victim" means any person who falls within the following categories: (1) Adults or minors who are current or former spouses; (2) Adults or minors who live together or who have lived together; (3) Adults or minors who are dating or who have dated or who have or had a sexual relationship, but does not include fraternization between two (2) individuals in a business or social context; (4) Adults or minors related by blood or adoption; (5) Adults or minors who are related or were formerly related by marriage; or (6) Adult or minor children of a person in a relationship that is described in subdivisions (a)(1)-(5).

Domestic Assault is a Class A Misdemeanor and carries with it up to 11 months and 29 days in jail. Domestic assault or domestic abuse in Tennessee has no minimum jail sentence, however it does require the citizen accused of the offense to remain in jail for 12 hours following arrest. Once a domestic abuse victim who resides with the accused makes allegations of assault, it will likely result in bond conditions that prevent returning to their residence during the pendency of the domestic assault case in criminal court. These bond conditions are in addition to the Ex-Parte Order of Protection mentioned below should the alleged victim choose to seek emergency relief through the civil courts – General Sessions or Circuit Court.

A domestic assault charge can cause serious problems with an existing or future divorce proceeding. Often the spouse alleging the assault will use the criminal charges against their spouse in temporary support hearings or at final divorce trials. These hearings are also opportunities for criminal defendants to testify without being prepared by an experienced attorney and potentially cause damage to their criminal case or expose them to perjury. Additionally, entering a favorable plea agreement that does not result in any admission of guilt or is fashioned in such a way that it will not be admissible in a civil hearing is crucial and if not done properly by an experienced attorney, could be disastrous.

Hiring a team with an experienced criminal defense attorney is the only way to ensure that you are protected in all aspects. Attorney Joseph Fuson has 14 years of experience defending citizens in various counties around the mid-state, including Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, and Maury. Freeman & Fuson Domestic Team focuses on developing one game plan that covers all three areas – Domestic Assault, Order of Protection and Divorce

Client Reviews
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Relief! Mark Freeman is the best lawyer I have ever had. He took care of my Criminal Case in one day. Answered all phone calls and returned them all as well. He didn't hesitate to answer any of my questions. I am very thankful he had my case dropped! Not many lawyers can do that. I highly recommend him. He treats you as more so family than a client. If I ever have another case Mark Freeman will be my lawyer. Peter P.
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Joey: Just wanted you to know how appreciative I am to be represented by such an outstanding attorney. You did an awesome job. Thank you for your help and support throughout. I have NEVER gotten so much for my money with any other attorney before. I'm looking forward to referring you as much as possible in the future. Thanks again buddy. Charles G.
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I reached out to the firm for assistance in a landlord/tenant matter. Freeman & Fuson was quick to call me back, gathered all the details on a brief phone call and was ready to act as early as the next morning. They saved me time/money and frustration. His follow through until the matter was resolved was excellent. Michael S.
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Mr Fuson was my attorney for multiple cases and what I can say I most appreciated was how simple he made it to communicate. This left me never ill at ease with where things stood. He is knowledgeable and certainly experienced in Williamson County. There really is nothing more I can say except hire him!! Jennifer
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Mark Freeman has been a up front Atttorney. He has handled my case with professional knowledge and returned my calls in a timely matter and got the my case dropped. If you need any professional advise and a good attorney I highly recommend you calling Mark Freeman. Excellent Job. Anonymous