According to the Ohio Revised Code, if you knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member, or recklessly cause harm to them, or by the threat of force knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that you will cause imminent physical harm to them, you may face a domestic violence charge. For a first-degree misdemeanor conviction, you could receive a jail sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of up to $1,000. For a third-degree felony conviction, you could be sentenced from 9 months to 3 years in jail and be fined up to $10,000.
A conviction can lead to other negative consequences including child custody issues and visitation rights, the right to own a handgun, and deportation for any non-United States citizens. The court may also order you to attend anger management courses and other treatment programs. An experienced domestic violence lawyer can help you navigate these complicated matters.