The Basics.

There are a number of provisions in the Iowa Code that relate to the charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Before the charge is filed, the authorities must examine all the facts (allegations). Once they believe they can meet the threshold for filing such a charge, the accused will be taken into custody and to jail. This doesn't always happen but most of the time it does.

Assault Defined

There must be an assault committed by one person against another. The accused must have done at least one of the following:

  • Cause pain or injury
  • Result in physical contact which would be insulting or offensive.
  • Place another person in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting or offensive when coupled with apparent ability to do the act.
  • Intentionally point a firearm toward another.
  • Intentionally displays a dangerous weapon in a threatening manner toward another.

Relationship of Parties

Next, the authorities must make a determine if there is a relationship of some sort between the accused and the victim. If they can make a connection between the two, a domestic abuse assault charge will most likely be filed.

  • You are married to the victim.
  • You are divorced from the victim.
  • You and the victim share a child.
  • You and the victim are family or household members living together.
  • You and the victim are family or household members who lived together within the last year.

If you didn't do it, why plead guilty? You will be treated as guilty as the person caught red-handed assaulting his wife. You aren't 30% guilty, you either are or you are not.

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