DOMESTIC BATTERY DEFENSE

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DOMESTIC BATTERY CHARGES

In addition to the broadly defined domestic violence offenses, Kansas law also contains a criminal statute known as “domestic battery,” which is specifically tailored to violent acts committed against family or household members.

A person commits domestic battery by knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to a household or family member. Domestic battery also occurs where a person intentionally makes physical contact with a household or family member in an insulting, rude, or angry way. Although Kansas’ definition of domestic violence includes violent acts among people who are or were in a dating relationship, its domestic battery definition applies only to people who are family or household members.

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DOMESTIC BATTERY CHARGES

Domestic battery is a Class B misdemeanor that carries a sentence of at least 48 hours and up to six months in jail; and a fine of $200 to $500. The court can also require assessment conducted by a certified batterer intervention program, and participation in the program’s recommendations.

If the defendant has a prior conviction for domestic battery within five years of the new conviction, the new domestic battery is punished as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of 90 days to one year in jail; and a fine of $500 to $1,000. Probation is sometimes possible with certain conditions, but only when the defendant participates in batterer assessment and the recommendations previously discussed above.

Third or subsequent domestic battery convictions within a five-year period are categorized as “person felonies,” carrying a minimum of 90 days and up to one year in jail; and a fine of $1,000 to $7,500. The 90-day minimum cannot be probated, suspended, or paroled (although the inmate may be allowed to serve work release), and once released, the person must complete a domestic violence counseling program. If the sentence does not require domestic violence counseling, the defendant must serve a minimum of 180 days in jail.

A defendant charged with domestic battery may be permitted to enter a diversion program. Diversion programs typically involve counseling and community service. A defendant’s successful completion of a diversion program will result in dismissal of the charges; however, an individual may enter a diversion program only twice within a five-year period, and charges resolved through the defendant’s completion of a diversion program count as convictions when determining the level of punishment to be imposed for a new domestic battery conviction (Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-5414).

KANSAS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS