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What constitutes domestic violence in Missouri?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2021 | Firm News |

No one expects an argument to lead to a criminal record. If you are a doctor, nurse or lawyer who is facing a recent domestic violence charge, losing your professional licensing can be a real risk and a scary thought. For this reason, understanding the legal details of your case can help you get a better idea of what to expect going forward. 

In the state of Missouri, the law refers to domestic violence as “domestic assault.” With these situations, details matter because different factors can lead to different levels of criminal charges as well as varying outcomes and consequences in the future. 

Actions can be intentional or reckless

According to state laws, a person commits domestic assault whenever he or she intentionally or recklessly causes physical injury to a family member. With recklessness, a person may not plan his or her actions, but the consequences of injury remain the same. 

Actions can include isolation

Sometimes, domestic assault does not involve physical bodily injuries on a person, but rather, the physical location of someone. In Missouri, you can also receive a domestic violence charge if you knowingly isolate a relative.  

Levels of assault can vary

Just as actions vary, so can levels of domestic assault charges. According to the state legislature, there are four degrees of domestic violence which can occur. 

Actions may or may not include a weapon

Another factor the judge will take into consideration is whether or not there is a weapon in your case. While some domestic assault charges and convictions involve weapons, others do not. 

Without a doubt, domestic violence charges can be complex, and the consequences can be severe. With that said, understanding the law can give you a clearer path to a defense.