The "verbal" domestic violence case

Many times those arrested and/or accused of domestic violence claim they are not guilty simply because they only made what they believed were veiled threats of harm.  For example, the husband who says "I'm going to kill" you in a fit of rage, or the live-in girlfriend states "I will cut your throat" during an argument, can be found to have violated  one subsection of the Ohio domestic violence statute  (other subsections talk about actual physical injury to the victim) which states: "No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member."  Sometimes, as in a recent Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals case, even text messages and standing outside of an apartment can be sufficient evidence of a domestic violence violation. Advice:  Count to 10 before saying anything out of anger to your significant other.  Even if you don't really intend on doing anything physical, the cops can still be called.