Under Mississippi law, the crime of aggravated domestic violence is a felony. As the name implies, this charge is much more serious than “simple” domestic violence.
A person is guilty of aggravated domestic violence if he or she (a) causes, or attempts to cause, serious bodily injury to another person; or (b) while using a deadly weapon, causes or attempts to cause, bodily injury to another person. These are the same elements as aggravated assault. However, in order to constitute aggravated domestic violence, the alleged victim must have a certain type of relationship with the defendant. These types of relationships typically involve spouses and boyfriends/girlfriends. These are the same basic types of relationships as specified in the simple domestic violence statute. For a complete list of the relationships that will qualify for aggravated domestic violence, please see my post about simple domestic violence here.
The penalties for aggravated domestic violence are the same as those for aggravated assault: Up to twenty (20) years in prison. If the defendant has been previously convicted of aggravated domestic violence two or more times within the preceding 5 years, then the potential penalty is enhanced to a minimum of five (5) years to a maximum of twenty (20) years in prison.
Aggravated domestic violence is a serious crime in Mississippi, and carries severe penalties. If you have been accused of, or arrested for aggravated domestic violence, you should take immediate action to protect your rights. Please contact Mississippi criminal defense attorney Curt Crowley to discuss your case.