22 May 2012

Tennessee to Implement Mandatory Jail Time for Repeat Domestic Violence Offenders

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The House of Representatives in Tennessee has approved a new law requiring domestic violence offenders to do mandatory jail time for repeat violations. Dubbed ‘House Bill 2389,’ the new measures include:

  • 30 days of jail time for a second conviction of domestic assault, and a fine between $350 and $3500; and
  • 90 days in jail for those convicted 3 or more times, with fines ranging from $1100 to $5000.

The bill seeks to curb the prevalence of domestic violence in Tennessee. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, domestic violence occurs in 1 in 3 families in Tennessee. By forcing repeat offenders to do mandatory jail time, the new law will provide victims of abuse the time that is needed to safely extricate themselves from the situation, make arrangements for residency, get medical treatment, apply for employment, and seek counselling.

Help from a Tennessee Divorce Lawyer

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, there are many state programs available so you can find the help you need. When you are ready to dissolve your marriage, the Miles Mason Law Group will guide you through the divorce process so you can start your life afresh. The team truly cares about the well being of their clients and will provide counsellors for support during this stressful time. To obtain a copy of their free e-book Your First Steps: 7 Steps Planning Your Tennessee Divorce  or to schedule a consultation, call (901) 683-1850 today.

Miles Mason


Memphis divorce and family lawyer, Miles Mason, Sr. is the founder of Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. For more information about our professional staff, see our Meet the Team page.


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