Criminal Lawyer in Jackson MS--Overview of Mississippi Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Law

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The Acts That Constitute Domestic Violence

Misdemeanor domestic violence in Mississippi occurs when a person (a) intentionally or recklessly causes injury to the victim, (b) negligently causes injury to the victim using a deadly weapon, or (c) attempts by physical menace to cause the victim to fear imminent bodily harm.

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The Victims

In order to qualify as domestic violence under Mississippi law, the above act(s) must be committed against a victim with a certain type of relationship with the accused. These persons include: (a) a current or former spouse; (b) a child of a current or former spouse; (c) a person living as a spouse, or who formerly lived as a spouse with the defendant; (d) a child of one of the persons in #3; (e) any other relative who lives or formerly lived with the defendant; (f) a person who has a current or former dating relationship with the defendant; or (g) a person with whom the defendant has a biological or adopted child. If any one of the acts in the first section is committed against any of the persons listed herein the accused can be convicted of a domestic violence charge in Mississippi.

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The Penalty

If convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, the accused faces a maximum sentence of six (6) months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. Further, even though this crime is a misdemeanor, the accused will lose his right to possess a firearm.

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Conclusion

Mississippi domestic violence charges carry serious consequences, which can have a lifelong impact on a person accused of this crime. However, many defenses are available if you have been arrested for domestic violence. You should consult a Mississippi criminal defense lawyer immediately to protect your rights.

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