As you probably know, Tennessee law places strict requirements on police officers responding to calls of domestic violence. State law requires officers to arrest someone, even when both people do not want the other charged.
According to media reports, new legislation proposed in Nashville would make punishments for those convicted in certain domestic violence cases harsher.
Representative Raumesh Akbari recently proposed a pair of domestic violence bills. If passed and signed into law, House Bill 0876 would increase the penalty for violation of a protection order. The proposed law escalates the violation from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony.
The Tennessee General Assembly bill would also cover cases involving possession of a firearm while subject to an order of protection.
The proposal would have serious consequences for those convicted, including a possible 1 to 6 years behind bars.
Akbari also submitted House Bill 1861, which is designed to protect domestic violence victims' jobs while they are in court, meeting with police or counselors or searching for a new place to live.
Domestic violence cases can be among the most complicated to be heard in Nashville courts. Both sides in these conflicts have rights that must be protected in all legal proceedings.
If you are involved in a domestic violence case, you can speak with an attorney experienced in both protecting victims and safeguarding the rights of the accused.
Contact The Law Office of Nichole Dusché to schedule a consultation about a protective order or domestic assault defense.