Carmel Domestic Violence Attorney
Former Prosecutor Fighting for Your Peace of Mind. Available 24/7!
A domestic violence charge is far more than a criminal accusation, as it can carry harsh societal stereotypes as well. People are quick to assume you’re guilty despite your accusation being, well, an accusation. As a result, your peers and loved ones may question their relationship with you and whether they can trust you.
We bet you’d be surprised to learn how often people make false domestic violence claims.
Anyone can claim they are a victim of domestic violence, and typically people believe them, including the prosecutors. As such, prosecutors will do everything in their power to prove your guilt and give you the maximum sentence available. To best resolve your domestic violence charge, you need me, a former prosecutor, to fight on your behalf. I know exactly what prosecutors look for and can identify when they’re bluffing — it takes one to know one. Thus, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands if you entrust me, Attorney Eric Blankenship, to advocate for your best interests.
What Is Domestic Violence?
A common misconception is that domestic violence involves only physical violence. However, that’s not the case, which is why it’s easy for “victims” to believe they’re getting abused. Domestic violence can be expressed in the following ways:
- Emotional abuse
- Isolation from friends and family
- Verbal abuse (threats, blame, intimidation, name-calling)
- Sexual abuse
- Technological abuse (asking for your partner’s passwords to monitor their social media activity)
- Financial abuse
As such, a heated argument in which you slammed a door too hard or raised your voice too loud can quickly turn into a domestic violence allegation.
In Indiana, domestic violence is defined as violence between family or household members, including those who share a child in common. It is incorporated into the crime of domestic battery, which is defined as a person who knowingly or intentionally touches a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner or places any bodily fluid or waste on them.
Domestic Battery Penalties
A domestic battery charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to $5,000 fines and one year in jail. However, you can face a Level 6 felony charge if you have a previous, unrelated conviction for battery or strangulation. A Level 6 felony is punishable by up to 2.5 years in jail and up to $10,000 fines.
I understand these penalties seem intimidating, but I am confident in my ability to negotiate your sentence down or get it dismissed altogether. As a former prosecutor and trusted attorney in Carmel, I developed strong relationships with most prosecutors in the area, allowing me to work with them friend-to-friend rather than lawyer-to-prosecutor. As such, I can increase your chances of walking away with little to no penalties.
Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges
When you speak with me during a free consultation, I can walk you through your options carefully, so you know exactly what you’re getting in to. Depending on the details of your case, I can build defense strategies that support your innocence. Some examples include:
- False accusation
- The crime resulted from the victim’s behavior
- Crime can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
My goal is to form a strong, genuine relationship with you, rather than treating you like just another case number like many lawyers do. In order to build an effective, personalized defense strategy and make your experience as smooth as possible, I make the effort to get to know you on a deeper level.
Attorney Eric Blankenship prides himself on being accessible and building a relationship with his clients.
Due to his previous prosecutor experience, Attorney Blankenship has created great relationships with every prosecutor in the area.
Experience matters when your future is on the line. Attorney Eric Blankenship has tried over a hundred jury trials.
Attorney Eric Blankenship worked as a former Prosecutor in Marion County, which is the largest county of Indiana.