Domestic Violence

Matthew W. Chapel – Personal Injury Attorney

Domestic Violence charges can result from attempting or causing physical, emotional, or even financial harm to a member of your household. This can include spouses, domestic partners, or others living with you. Domestic Battery in Indiana and Domestic Violence in Ohio have differing applications and can also be accompanied by other charges.

You need a criminal defense trial lawyer who understands the law in both states and can help you make sure the truth of the situation is discovered. Attorney Matthew W. Chapel has the skills, experience, and tenacity you want when defending yourself against domestic violence charges. If you are charged with a crime – or even if you think you might be charged – the attorney you choose can be your most crucial decision.

Domestic Violence in Indiana is called Domestic Battery (Code35-42-2-2.3) and is similar to Battery (Code 35-42-2-1) in its application and penalties. Due to the domestic element in these charges, the penalties are significantly higher, even as a misdemeanor. Domestic Battery is often accompanied by related charges, which can raise the severity level and increase potential penalties.

Possible Penalties

·        Domestic Battery: Beginning with up to $5,000 in fines and up to one year in jail for a misdemeanor, all the way to a Level 2 Felony with fines up to $10,000 and up to 30 years in jail.

·        Child Endangerment: This is considered a felony crime punishable by at least six months to two and a half years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

·        Neglect of a Dependent: This is also considered a felony crime, and punishments vary according to the specific circumstances but can be similar to Child Endangerment charges above.

·        Rape: This offense can be a level 3 or level 1 felony, depending on circumstances, and carries a minimum sentence of between three and 16years in prison with a maximum fine of $10,000.

Other charges are possible, so you need to contact Trial Lawyer Matt Chapel immediately if you are facing any domestic violence charges in Indiana.

Domestic Violence in Ohio

Domestic Violence in Ohio (Code2919.25) is similar to Domestic Battery in Indiana in that it can result from physical, emotional, and financial abuses against a member of your family or household. The domestic element also increases the severity of potential penalties in this and related charges.

Possible Penalties

·        Domestic Violence: Beginning with up to $500 in fines and up to 60 days in jail for a misdemeanor, all the way to a Level 3 Felony with fines up to $10,000 and up to 3 years in jail.

·        Child Endangerment: Beginning with misdemeanor penalties of up to 180 days in jail and $5,000 in fines, all the way to felony penalties of between 12 months to eight years in jail and up to $15,000 in fines.

·        Rape: All forms of rape in Ohio are first-degree felonies and can carry penalties of between 3-10 years in jail and fines up to $20,000.

Seasoned Criminal Defense for Domestic Violence Charges

When you are charged with domestic violence on any level in Ohio or Indiana, you need a seasoned criminal defense trial lawyer who knows how to craft a formidable defense. Stories can vary widely, and portions of the truth can be distorted in these he-said, she-said types of cases. Trial Lawyer Matt Chapel can help you share the whole story to combat over blown charges and prevent severe penalties.

Contact Trial Lawyer Matthew W. Chapel in Fort Wayne today at (260) 387-6236 or complete the contact form and ask for your FREE consultation NOW.



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Unlike other criminal defense attorneys, Matthew is an experienced trial lawyer. He won’t settle for a plea bargain if it bests serves your defense to take your case to trial.


Matthew is no stranger to the Courthouse. If you have been charged with a crime, he will provide an aggressive, commonsense defense on your behalf.


Matthew’s finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients.Matthew’s finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients.

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