Criminal Defense Attorney Jerry Summers Reveals Essential Facts Surrounding COVID-19 Domestic Violence Charges - Chattanooga, TN

Top Criminal Defense Attorney Jerry H. Summers, founding partner of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga, TN, discusses associated COVID-19 tensions and what you need to know if you're facing a domestic violence charge now. For more information please visit

In a recent interview, Jerry H. Summers, founding partner of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga, TN, emphasized how COVID-19 can increase the chances of having a domestic charge filed and the importance of retaining legal counsel.

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When asked to comment, Summers said, “With stay-at-home measures put in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19, we’ve unfortunately seen an uptick in domestic violence cases.”

He continued by saying, “Not many Americans fully understand the havoc that a domestic violence charge or conviction can wreak, mainly because they think the law will be on their side if they’re innocent. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Here are some short-term and long-term repercussions of domestic violence charge and conviction.”

What a large percentage of the American public is unaware of, according to Summers, is the severity of a domestic violence charge in the short term.

“In accordance with Tennessee law, the police are mandated to arrest the ‘primary aggressor.’ This means that if law enforcement called to the scene conclude that an assault took place, then they are required to arrest someone. This is the case even if neither party wants to press charges,” he said.

Summers was quick to add that 12 hours is the minimum amount of time someone arrested for domestic violence will stay in jail, even if the person being charged can post bail immediately.

“After being released from jail, the person charged with domestic violence might have to abide by several conditions, such as not being in touch with the alleged victim and not going back to the house where the incident occurred. Failure to adhere to these conditions will land you in jail until the court date,” he said.

The consequences get worse if convicted of a domestic violence offence, according to Summers.

“Domestic violence offenders are forced to live life with a criminal record, which has far-flung repercussions that can be hard to come back from. For instance, following conviction, many experience difficulties finding employment or housing – and most of those who were gainfully employed prior to being convicted lose their jobs.”

“Furthermore, if someone has been found guilty of a domestic violence charge, there’s a decent chance that they could lose their professional license, which would mean months or years of training will be lost forever,” he said.

Summers was quick to add that retaining a seasoned and qualified criminal defense attorney can work wonders in going up against a domestic violence charge.

“While both a domestic violence charge and conviction in Tennessee can have a widespread impact on someone’s life. However, the consequences can be greatly mitigated by hiring an aggressive defense attorney, who will tirelessly pursue the best possible outcome on your behalf,” he said.


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Name: Jerry H. Summers & Jimmy F. Rodgers
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Address: 735 Broad Street, Suite 800 Chattanooga, TN 37402-2913
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