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Domestic Battery

In many cases, assault and battery charges arise because the moment became heated or someone crossed the line. Even if the allegations are false, if you have been charged with any form of battery you need to take the case seriously.  In addition to the label that follows, you could face serious consequences that could impact your reputation, your life, your job, and your family for years. 


Domestic battery is causing bodily harm to a person with whom the offender is involved or has been involved in a dating relationship or a family member or household member.  In general, causing bodily harm can be proven through bruising, cuts, or more serious injuries.  While this form of domestic battery can be easily identified, the other form of domestic battery is a little less so.  You can be charged with domestic battery through physical contact that is done in a rude, angry, or insulting manner.  A lot of people are surprised by this when they are charged with otherwise playful activities that were taken the wrong way.

Other charges commonly included with domestic battery:

  • Criminal damage to property
  • Criminal trespass
  • Violation of a protective order


Domestic battery can be a misdemeanor or a felony.  The severity of the charge depends on the nature of the injuries and whether the defendant has prior domestic battery convictions. 

Domestic battery penalties:

  • Jail
  • Fines
  • Domestic violence offender assessment
  • Batterer's Intervention Program
  • Loss of firearms rights


Battery is knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person or knowingly causing physical contact with another person when done in a rude, insulting, or angry manner.  The penalty for battery depends on two factors: (1) the seriousness of the harm and (2) the nature of the victim.  In short, the more serious the harm, the more serious the penalties.  And, if the victim is involved in law enforcement in virtually any way, the seriousness of the penalties increases.

Under Kansas law, an assault happens when an accused person knowingly places another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm. If the crime is committed (1) with a deadly weapon, (2) while disguised, or (3) with the intent to commit a felony the crime is classified as aggravated and is a felony.


If you are accused of domestic battery, battery, or assault you may have defenses available to you in your fight against the charges.  The most common legal defense is self-defense.  Self-defense is available to those when the use of force was necessary to defend a person from another's imminent use of unlawful force.  There are many considerations that must be made when pursuing a self-defense theory.  First among them is proving the use of force was necessary.  In Kansas, to "stand your ground," the force used must be reasonable, and in response to another's imminent use of force.  Because this is a legal defense, rather than a factual defense, it is important to have an attorney who is willing and able to prepare the case appropriately.



If you have questions about your assault and battery charges, call (913) 575-8823 to speak with Attorney Adam D. Stolte about your particular case.