Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Assault Charges
What if I have a prior conviction in another state?
My spouse doesn’t want this case to go forward. Can she drop the charges?
The charges say I caused him fear. But he isn’t afraid of me at all. Can this be dropped?
- Committed an act with the intent to cause fear in him of immediate bodily harm or death; OR
- Intentionally inflicted or attempted to inflict bodily harm upon another.
If you’re charged with the “fear” version, then it matters less whether or not he is afraid of you. Instead, what matters more is whether the state has evidence to prove that you intended to cause him fear of immediate bodily harm or death on the date of the alleged offense. This evidence usually includes statements he (or other witnesses) made to the police. His lack of fear of you now, however, is an important consideration in negotiating a plea deal.