Couples and family members argue. When verbal beefs turn into physical violence, cops get called and arrests are made. If this happens, you may be facing Domestic Assault charges.
Difference between Assault and Domestic Assault
Domestic Assault is an Assault committed against:
Current and former spouses;
Any person related by blood or marriage
Current and former roommates;
A person having a child in common with the perpetrator; and
Any child member of the household or family.
Range of Punishment
Depending on the circumstances, a Domestic Assault conviction could result in fines between $2,000 and $10,000, and imprisonment ranging from a year to life. And, that's just the result of your encounter with the justice system. People convicted of Domestic Assault can also face stigma from their community, as well as potentially limited housing or employment options.
The slideshow below provides a condensed overview of Missouri Domestic Assault laws:
Domestic Assault, First Degree - RSMo. § 565.072
Attempt to kill, or knowingly cause or attempt to cause serious physical injury
Class B felony
Serious Physical Injury:
Class A felony
10-30 years, or life