Understanding Tennessee's Assault And Domestic Assault Laws

In Tennessee, the criminal charge of assault is defined quite broadly. In fact, the state may charge you with this offense if you commit any of the following acts:

  • You intentionally, recklessly or knowingly cause actual bodily injury to another person.
  • You intentionally or knowingly cause another person to reasonably fear that he or she is about to suffer a bodily injury.
  • You intentionally or knowingly have actual physical contact with another person, and a reasonable person would consider this contact extremely offensive.

If the alleged assault only results in minor injuries, such as scrapes or bruises, it will likely be classified as a simple misdemeanor offense. However, if serious bodily injury occurs, such as broken bones, prosecutors may attempt to charge you with a felony-level offense.

What Is The Difference Between Assault And Domestic Assault?

The main distinction between assault and domestic assault is that the latter occurs between family members or individuals living in the same household ― including spouses, individuals related by blood or couples who are dating or have dated in the past.

While the crime of domestic assault is very similar to regular assault ― except between family members ― a conviction can result in larger fines and additional sentences. For instance, you can permanently lose your right to carry a firearm if convicted, and be required to pay an extra fine that is used to fund family violence shelters.

As with any criminal offense, you need to speak to an experienced lawyer if you are facing assault or domestic assault charges.

Contact Us For Legal Guidance

If you wish to speak to a domestic assault defense attorney, contact Shults Law Office today. From our office in Sevierville, Tennessee, we represent clients throughout the surrounding areas.

Even if you are not from the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area, but were arrested on assault charges while visiting one of the areas of many tourist attractions, we can still help. For a FREE initial consultation, reach out to us online or call us at 865-280-1084.