Felony Domestic Assault
While assault is a well-known charge, domestic assault is defined a bit differently. Domestic assault is the act of physically harming a family member or a member of the household rather than a stranger or other persons.
Domestic Assault Felony Statute
According to MO Rev Statute, Title XXX. Chapter 565.072, felony domestic assault is defined as:
- A person commits the offense of domestic assault in the first degree if he or she attempts to kill or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to a domestic victim, as the term “domestic victim” is defined under section 565.002.
- The offense of domestic assault in the first degree is a class B felony unless in the course thereof the person inflicts serious physical injury on the victim, in which case it is a class A felony.
Abusers can also be charged with terrorizing their victims with acts such as
- False Imprisonment
- Sexual Abuse
- Elder Abuse
- Parental Kidnapping
- Child Molestation
Penalty of Conviction
Felonies for domestic assault can range from class A to class E. A class A felony can result in 10-30 years of prison time, while a class B felony can result in 5-15 years. In addition to prison time, felonies can also result in fines depending on the class of felony. A class E will start at a $1,000 fine, going up to $5,000 for a class C felony.