Domestic violence charges are extremely serious and cannot be ignored.  The sooner you get an attorney with experience defending domestic violence charges, the greater your chances of reaching a favorable outcome.


Domestic violence is defined in the Ohio Revised Code under R.C. 2919.25(A) as:

No person shall “knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family member or household member.”

Who are Family / Household Members?

Domestic violence can occur between husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, parent and child, roommates, in-laws, or other family members or members of the same household.

What is “Physical Harm”?

Generally, physical harm can by any harm of any duration or severity.  In fact, an offender does not even have to cause injury to his victim – he or she must merely attempt to cause harm.  

Any attempt to cause harm and any harm is sufficient.  State v. Blonski, 125 Ohio App.3d 103, 114, 707 N.E.2d 1168 (9th Dist.1997).  


At Riddell Law, we regularly represent clients faced with misdemeanor domestic violence allegations.  

A conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence in Ohio can result in the following penalties:

  • Incarceration up to 6 months
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Court Ordered Counseling
  • Restraining Orders
  • Conviction May not be Expunged
  • May Affect your Ability to Own Firearms

Additionally, if you have children, a domestic violence conviction may have an impact on your relationship with them.  Moreover, if you have a previous domestic violence charge on your record, the penalties may be heightened. Thus, it is essential that you retain the services of a highly qualified attorney.

Attorney Douglas Riddell has assisted numerous clients during his tenure who have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, often in the context of contested divorces and heated child custody battles.  Contact Mr. Riddell now for a free consultation to gain a full understanding of what steps can be taken to achieve the greatest possible outcome in your case.

Contact a Columbus, Ohio domestic violence attorney at Riddell Law today.  Because we know criminal charges rarely arise during convenient business hours, we are available 24/7 to take your call at (614) 361-2804 or via email at