Ask a Cop: What sentence do you get for hitting a woman?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: Let's just say for instance if a man hits a woman what would be the minimum and maximum sentence he could get?

A: If we are talking Indiana, it is based on the severity of the injuries, what (if any) special circumstances are in play, and finally the defendant's criminal history. For example, if a man slaps a woman and there are no injuries, prior conviction or special circumstances, it would likely be a misdemeanor where a sentence could be up to one year in jail. On the other hand, if the woman is pregnant, elderly, or significantly injured, then the charge may be elevated to an aggravated circumstance and be classified as a felony. Likewise, someone with a prior conviction of battery may elevate the charge to a felony. Depending on the circumstances and degree of injury, someone could face up to 16 years in prison. So, if you are thinking of hitting a woman, come see me first and I will let you hit me, and we will see how that goes!

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